NORFOLK, Va. — Officials have removed a painting of a Confederate monument from a mural in Virginia’s second largest city and replaced it with another image.
The postcard-style mural on the side of Norfolk’s new Waterside District had shown the city’s Confederate monument alongside other scenes and landmarks.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that by Thursday the monument’s image had been painted over and replaced with a Norfolk street scene. Waterside District president Glenn Sutch told the newspaper that the inclusion of the monument on the mural was “inadvertent.”
Norfolk City Council recently approved a resolution declaring its desire to move the monument to a cemetery as soon as state law allows it.
Norfolk’s monument, known as “Johnny Reb” for its statue of a Confederate soldier, has stood at the site for 110 years.
This story has been corrected to reflect that the Waterside District president’s first name is Glenn, not Glen.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com