RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginians can weigh in on who the state should honor at the U.S. Capitol once the statue of Robert E. Lee is removed from the Statuary Hall collection.
The Commission for Historical Statues is met virtually on October 8 to discuss a process for choosing what statue will replace the Lee statue, and they want input from Virginians.
Back in July, a panel voted to take the statue down and replace it with a ‘to-be-determined’ Virginian. Once it’s taken down, it will head to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.
The commission is also tasked with deciding who will sculpt the new statue and how much it will cost to take it down.
Some suggestions include Pocahontas, James Madison, Booker T. Washington and George C. Marshall.
The new statue must meet requirements set by the office of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol. The newly selected figure must be deceased and be well known for historic impact, civic service or military service. The statue will only represent one individual. The newly selected person must have been a U.S. citizen or an indigenous person who resided in the present-day U.S.
The commission has also determined that the selected historical figure must be associated with significant events that changed history or with impactful ideals, writings or concepts. The person selected must also clear ties to Virginia such as spending a majority of their life in the Commonwealth or having a clear impact on it.
The commission announced on Oct. 15 that they had already received 45 suggested figures.
Students and others should submit their suggestions by email to USCapitolCommission@dhr.virginia.gov or by mail to the US Capitol Commission, Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.
Recommendations must be made before Nov. 27.
The commission will deliberate on the names and narrow the list down to five people. A public hearing will be held in December to chose a final name to present to the General Assembly.
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