Monument

Monument to the Last
Capital of the Confederacy


The Board of Directors of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History sent a request to the Danville City Council to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the museum. The Third National flag is flying on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, which served as the "last capital" of the Confederacy, and is part of a monument donated by the Heritage Preservation Association.

Although a resolution from 1994 states...

"Neither the city, its successors in interest, nor any tenant of the property shall alter the design, location or inscription of the monument, nor shall the city, its successors in interest, or any tenant of the property remove or alter the flag flying from the monument,"

...a memo from Timothy Spencer, the city attorney in 2001, claimed that future councils are not bound by the resolution.

The Danville City Council discussed the issue in a closed session on October 9th, which was attended by supporters of the flag. The council plans to discuss the issue further and make a decision in a closed session on October 21st, followed immediately by an open City Council meeting.

 


Update... (October 22, 2014)

"City Manager Joe King announced today that the City Council will consider a resolution at its November 6, 2014 meeting stating that it has determined that under Virginia law, the City does not have the legal authority to remove the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. The City Manager received a September 30, 2014 letter from Cara Burton, Executive Director of the museum, conveying her board of directors' request that the City of Danville remove the Confederate flag. The November 6th resolution directs the City Manager to notify the museum Board of Directors that it cannot consider its request."

 


More Photos of the Museum Property

 SutherlinMansion  Inscription (Front)

Last Capitol of the Confederacy
"The Last Proclamation"
The Memories Of The Heroic
Dead Who Have Freely Given Their
Lives To Its Defense Must Ever
Remain Enshrined In Our Hearts...
President Jefferson Davis
C. S. A.
April 4, 1865

Inscription (Rear)

"Guarding Our Future
By Preserving Our Past"
Erected
March 26, 1995
Through The Efforts Of The
WomenOfTheConfederacyHeritage Preservation AssociationLastConfederateCapital

 

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