FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2020
CONTACT: RYAN HITE, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Washington, D.C.: Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant gave hope to historical preservationists by issuing a temporary injunction against Governor Ralph Northam’s removal of the General Robert E. Lee monument on Richmond’s historic Monument Avenue.
“Many great activists, including our chairman Mrs. Helen Marie Taylor, have been fighting to prevent political correctness from eradicating American history,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Richmond’s Monument Avenue, where Mrs. Taylor resides, has been a particular target of those attempting to remove any public recognition of American history.
“Our history, our American story, is one of a people who have overcome hardships, thrown off tyranny, and eradicated so many sins of past civilizations in the name of liberty and equality under law. To cast off all memory of our past, both good and bad, is a foolhardy endeavor which will only lead to repetition of our national mistakes. Judge Marchant is right to pause this statue’s removal in order to weigh “public interest” as citizens step up to defend our American story. Even the dark and trying times must be memorialized so Americans never forget what we have learned as a nation.”