The Monument Avenue Commission will host an organizational work session on Tuesday, November 14, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Library of Virginia (800 E. Broad St).

Commission members will meet to discuss the next steps in their work and plan the next phase of engagement with the community. Members of the public are welcome to observe the organizational work session.    

Those wishing to submit suggestions or ideas to the Commission for consideration may do so by mail: (Monument Avenue Commission, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219) or you may click here to register your input online.

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August 25, 2017

The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 at the Virginia Historical Society has been postponed and a new date, time, and location will be announced soon. 

Statement from Mayor Stoney, August 25, 2017: 

"After consultation with the chairpersons of the Monument Avenue Commission, Richmond Police Department, local and state officials and members of the Richmond community, I have decided to postpone the previously scheduled Sept. 13 public meeting of the commission, with a plan to reschedule in October.

This decision is made in the interests of public safety, and to allow for a restructuring of the commission’s engagement with the public, promoting accessibility and constructive dialogue so more voices can be heard.

We will provide additional information on the next steps of the Monument Avenue Commission in the coming weeks. Please continue to offer your input and suggestions through the website, monumentavenuecommission.org.

I remain deeply grateful to the members of the commission for their commitment and courage to take on this challenging and important work."

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The Monument Avenue Commission has set the following dates for public meetings:

Wednesday, August 9
6:30 p.m.           
Location: Virginia Historical Society
428 N. Boulevard

The format of the Monument Avenue Commission meeting for Wednesday, August 9th at 6:30 PM at the Virginia Historical Society (428 N. Boulevard) will be structured as follows:

· Doors open at 6:00 PM
· There will be two sign-in tables: Everyone will be asked to sign in with their name and address
· Providing an email address will be optional for a distribution list of future announcements
· Each person wishing to speak will be assigned a number
· During the meeting, a commissioner will randomly draw five numbers at a time; those called will line up to speak
· Each speaker will be given two minutes to comment
· Please note that the rules and regulations of the Virginia Historical Society are in place (a full list can be found here), i.e. no smoking, no food or drink (bottled water is allowed), no bags larger than 16x16x8 allowed, participating in unauthorized assemblies or protest (to include use of flags or banners) is not permitted. Displaying signs or distributing solicitations, advertisements, or other materials without prior VHS approval is prohibited.
· Media should arrive no later than 6:15 to be set up and plugged in

Meeting Agenda
1. Welcome by Jamie Bosket, Director of Virginia Historical Society (2-3 minutes)
2. Welcome and purpose of the Commission (3-5 minutes): Christy Coleman/Greg Kimball
3. Comment period: 100-minutes (50 speakers minimum) of two-minute comments from public on the charges of the Commission: What does context look like to you? What additional monuments would you like to see added?
4. Closing


The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 13 at the Virginia Historical Society has been postponed and a new date, time, and location will be announced soon. 

 

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Schedule of Monument Avenue Commission Work Group Meetings (all meetings are open to the public)

State of Confederate Memorials Group: Examine what other communities and institutions are doing around the country to address Confederate memorials and monuments.

Monday, July 31
1:30 p.m.
Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Ave.

 

Historians Review Group: Provide additional historical background on existing monuments and information on community-proposed additions to Monument Avenue.

Tuesday, August 1
10:30 a.m.
Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St.

 

New Monuments and Interpretation Group: If monuments are added, where can they best be erected and interpreted? What are our interpretive options?

Wednesday, August 2
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Ave.

 

Community Engagement Group: Establish rules for community engagement and how the public sessions should be structured.

Wednesday, August 2
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Black History Museum
122 W. Leigh St.


Working Meeting to Review Subgroup Reports
Monday, August 7
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St.