Virginia NAACP Supports Mathews County NAACP

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.

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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