Loudoun to Find Public Confederate, Segregationist Names

Loudoun County will start work to inventory the public places and monuments bearing names honoring Confederate or segregationist ideas and figures after a divided vote at the Board of Supervisors in the early morning hours Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The vote directs county staff members to report by back with a list of those symbols by June 2021, such as “road or street names, buildings, signs, logos, markers, monuments, battlefields, and others in public spaces honoring Confederate and segregationist figures or symbols in Loudoun County.”

“This will not only help with depicting history in an accurate manner, but also create a more inclusive county that does not continually honor and glorify racists and segregationists,” said Supervisor Juli E. Briskman (D-Algonkian). She added: “It’s easy to dismiss past events if you were never affected by them, and especially if you happen to benefit from them, wittingly or not.”

She said while the statue of a Confederate soldier that formerly stood at the Leesburg courthouse is well known, there may be other such symbols across the county that have gone unnoticed.

Some supervisors criticized what they saw as vague language in supervisors’ direction to county staff, and asked that it be sent to committee to define the scope of work and estimate the costs of the project. The supervisors introducing the motion gave conflicting answers as to what was meant by “public spaces”—whether owned by the local government, any level of government, or visible to the public generally.

“At a time when we’re dealing with a pandemic, a hiring freeze, we’ve got money held in reserve that we haven’t decide what to do with it yet… I’m just not sure that this is the right time to be doing this without first having a little bit more discussion at the finance committee,” said Supervisor Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge).

“We’re not quite sure of the scope, I feel like it’s a little bit of as scavenger hunt we’re going to ask staff to go on,” said Supervisor Caleb A. Kershner (R-Catoctin).

But the push to send the discussion first to committee failed along a 6-3 party-line vote. Ultimately, according to County Administrator Tim Hemstreet, in a practical sense that will only change where county staff members come back for clarification—with that vote, to the full board rather than a committee.

Supervisors passed the initiative 7-2, with Kershner and Buffington opposed.


6 thoughts on “Loudoun to Find Public Confederate, Segregationist Names

  • 2020-09-16 at 3:56 pm

    When do the book burnings on the courthouse lawn start?

  • 2020-09-16 at 4:26 pm

    I suppose we are going to have to change the names of schools such as Belmont Station, Hutchison Farm, Moorefield Station as a start and then what to do about Morven Park. How many school board members past and present had a legacy of slave ownership? Will we scratch their names off of the building s they approved to be built and take their pictures down from the LCPS headquarters?
    Is this what our 39% higher property taxes than the rest of Virginia (a slave state) is paying for our BOS to focus on as Route 15 north. of Leesburg is still horrible as are the plethora of other county problems being unfixed? 🙂

    • 2020-09-17 at 10:50 am

      Wow Bob, I didn’t know we had current school board members that were slave holders. Man, you’re a riot. How in the world did you ever get elected?

  • 2020-09-16 at 5:07 pm

    Everyone realizes that Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun are named after slaveholders, right? Each was an English nobleman who held slaves. Leesburg is likewise named after a slaveholder though I don’t think he was an English nobleman. Why don’t you start changing names right there. Rules are rules! All vestiges of slavery must be eradicated.

    There is no end to this insanity once it gets started. The French and The Soviets even started changing day names and the length of weeks and months. How long before “Saturday” and “Sunday” become offensive and are renamed?

    Someone tell me what is sufficient to mollify these tyrants?

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” ― C. S. Lewis

  • 2020-09-17 at 8:07 am

    This is getting out of hand. Chairman Randall and her democratic cronies need to STOP wasting our tax dollars. Stop playing politics. Yes, unfortunately people owned slaves but many of these slave owners bettered our country. While I agree slave ownership is horrific but you can’t erase history. Where does it end??? Lets seize this as an opportunity to educate and teach diversity and learn from it. By erasing history you are only adding fuel to the fire.

  • 2020-09-17 at 1:44 pm

    This current Democrat BoS has shown, in less than a year, that it is completely unfit to govern. Can we hold snap elections and reboot?

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