In April 2016, the Charlottesville City Council decides to appoint a special commission– the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Monuments, and Public Spaces–to make recommendations regarding the Stonewall Jackson (Thomas Jonathan Jackson) statue in Court Square and Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park, among other things.

In early November 2016, the Blue Ribbon Commission (chaired by Don Gathers), votes 6–3 to let both statues remain in place. On November 28, 2016, the Commission votes 7–2 to remove the Lee statue to McIntire Park in Charlottesville and 8–1 to keep the Jackson statue in place and delivers a final report to Charlottesville City Council in December.





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