The far-left mayor of Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy, ordered the body of a Confederate general to be exhumed and reburied to be more “inclusive.”
After years of litigation, a Richmond District Court judge finally approved the removal of a Confederate monument erected to honor the memory of General Ambrose Powell “AP” Hill Jr. The memorial has stood at the intersection of Laburnum and Hermitage, a busy thoroughfare in Richmond, since 1891.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, a Democrat who has expressed solidarity with Black Lives Matter in the past, ordered all Confederate statues removed in 2020 amid public unrest and rioting following the death of George Floyd. Back then, Stoney blamed it white racists as the “mastermind” behind many of the riots.
Until recently, Hill’s remained the last publicly displayed Confederate monument in the city, but on December 12 it too was demolished. However, removing the Hill memorial was not as easy as removing other monuments for one key reason: Hill’s remains had been buried beneath the memorial. To remove the monument entirely, Hill’s body would have to be dug up and reburied elsewhere.
And that’s exactly what Mayor Stoney ordered the crews to do. Hill’s indirect descendant, John Hill, vocally objected to the removal of his ancestor’s body, but his objections were ignored. John Hill was on site December 12 when morticians from the Bennett Funeral Home helped with the removal.
An instant silence marked the occasion when Hill’s remains were brought back to Earth. Hill was killed by a Union officer in Petersburg, Virginia, in 1865. The container for his remains was covered with a simple quilt and a Confederate flag, reports said. He will be reburied about 80 miles north in Culpeper at a pre-arranged site that the City of Richmond recently purchased for $1,000.
The moment of silence was finally broken by a heckler who taunted John Hill and threatened to “hit” him like his “daddy should have done.”
For his part, Stoney celebrated Hill’s removal, calling it a victory for inclusivity.
“More than two years ago, Richmond was home to more Confederate statues than any other city in the United States. Together we closed this chapter. We now continue the work to be a more inclusive and welcoming place where EVERYONE belongs,” Stoney tweeted.
There’s no word on whether Stoney believes that John Hill and members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, some of whom attended Hill’s removal, also belong in Richmond. Richmond officials claim that all removed Confederate monuments will be donated to the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.
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