Board of Supervisors votes to remove 3 Civil War monuments in Fairfax, Virginia

The board of supervisors of Fairfax County, Virginia voted to remove 3 publicly owned Civil War monuments from the county judicial complex.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay said “In Fairfax County, our diversity is one of our greatest qualities and Confederate monuments don’t reflect our values. We cannot ignore what these monuments mean for our residents. Symbols matter.”

He added “I was glad to vote to change course and remove divisive celebratory monuments and chart a more positive path forward.”

According to FairfaxCounty.gov, “The granite Marr Monument, installed at the courthouse in 1904, is dedicated to Capt. John Marr, the first Confederate soldier killed in combat. On either side of the monument are two howitzers, which were installed in 1910. A Virginia Department of Historic Resources “First Confederate Officer Killed” memorial marker is also located on the courthouse complex grounds. All three will be removed following the board’s action Tuesday.”