Petersburg official vows to restore damaged fountain that was torn down

The Tri-Cities

Video below was taken of the fountain before it was torn down

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — A police report has been filed after a historic fountain in Petersburg was torn down Friday.

Lionel Lyons, Petersburg’s deputy city manager for development, told 8News that the damaged fountain was taken to a city facility to be stored. Lyons said he is determined to get it fixed and expects discussions to restore the fountain to take place next week.

A nearby resident said she saw the fountain damaged when she got home at 12:30 a.m. Friday.

“I do understand some of the feeling and impact behind some of our historical monuments and things like that, but definitely sad to hear that that happened here, especially for Petersburg because we are rebuilding,” said Petersburg resident Christine Carmichael.

A police report has been filed after a fountain in Petersburg was torn down Friday. (photos taken by 8News’ Laura Perrot)

One woman who lives nearby was concerned about the damage. “It’s scary, it’s really scary, because you never know what they might do next,” she said.

“Perhaps there’s a link there to a dark time of our history with slavery so I’m thinking that’s probably why that happened but I don’t know too much about the fountain,” said Carmichael, referring to the historical marker.

The historical plaque installed behind the fountain describes the journey of Edward Bland, Abraham Wood and four others who were guided by Pyancha, an Appamattuck guide, “on the first documented English exploration of Southside Virginia.”

“It’s important that our voices are heard, it’s important that we speak up and we stand up, but we also want whatever we say to be appropriate and be strategic and we want it to actually impact our communities and make a difference, not make things worse,” Carmichael told 8News.


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