The Virginia Military Institute will remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson amid allegations of “ongoing structural racism” from black cadets, the school said Thursday.
The embattled Lexington university’s Board of Visitors voted unanimously Thursday to remove the sculpture of the slave-owning former student of the school, according to the Washington Post.
The decision comes after a report earlier this month exposed alleged racism at the 181-year-old school — including a lynching threat and a white professor accused of reminiscing about her father’s Ku Klux Klan membership. In the wake of the controversy, the school’s superintendent Gen. J.H. Binford Peay, 80, resigned earlier this week.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the statue of Jackson will be relocated — but one member suggested a nearby Civil War battlefield.
The board’s chairman, Bill Boland, said the sculpture may be moved to New Market, where cadets from the school once fought for the slave-holding South.
Earlier this year, Black alumni launched an online campaign to remove the Jackson statue and “acknowledge the racism and black prejudice that still occurs at VMI.”
Along with other school officials, Peay rejected the idea, calling Jackson a “military genius” and “staunch Christian.”