The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP (Virginia NAACP) fully supports the Mathews County Branch NAACP in demanding the Mathews County Board of Supervisors halt its proposal to transfer the confederate statue and property to private organizations such as the United Daughters of the Confederacy or the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The transfer would strip the County of all control over the property and the monument, which stands in a prominent public square.
Robert N. Barnette, Jr, President of the Virginia NAACP, states:
“The letter sent to the Board of Supervisors by the Mathews County NAACP has the full support of the Virginia NAACP. It appears that the Board of Supervisors would prefer to take the voice of its citizens away rather than do what is right and remove these symbols of hate.”
The Virginia NAACP will continue to support our communities in removing confederate statues and symbols of hate from public property.