CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Workers in Charlottesville placed large black tarps Wednesday over two monuments to Confederate military generals, according to video from CNN affiliate WVIR.
The statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park and the statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson in Justice Park were each covered with tarp on Wednesday. The two monuments were the focus of violent protests earlier this month.
Hunting down fabric swaths large enough to drape over the monuments of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson had proven tough, the City Council clerk, Paige Rice, told CNN. But by Wednesday morning, the shrouds were on their way, she said.
“The drapes have been ordered and may be in place by the end of the week, pending department resources to properly secure them at both statues,” she said.
“The tarps came in earlier than we expected and we had staff available today to cover up the monuments so that is what we did,” said Joe Rice, Charlottesville communications coordinator.
At a heated meeting Monday, the Charlottesville City Council unanimously voted to cover the two statues in black.
The vote was meant to signal the city mourning the death of Heather Heyer, who was killed August 12 when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters who had gathered to oppose a rally of white nationalist and other right-wing organizations.
Such groups have been drawn to Charlottesville since the council voted in February to remove the Lee monument from its central downtown spot; that decision is being challenged in court.
Initially, finding weatherproof fabric large enough to cover the statues wasn’t easy, Paige Rice said, noting that the city tried “to get in touch with event companies or other cities who have done something similar to see where they got the shrouds.”
She could not immediately provide the name of the fabric supplier.