Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

UVA president criticizes Jefferson statue shrouding

By The Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia says protesters who shrouded a statue of Thomas Jefferson in black were "desecrating" ground many people consider "sacred."

UVA President Teresa Sullivan sent statements to the university community and alumni Wednesday about the protest the night before over the college's response to white nationalist rallies this summer in Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress reports a group of about 100 people including students, faculty and community members gathered on campus Tuesday night. They covered the statue of Jefferson, UVA's founder, and put up signs that called him a "rapist" and "racist."

Sullivan says she "strongly" disagrees with their decision to cover the statue.

She says one person was arrested for public intoxication. The shroud has since been removed.

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This item has been updated to correct that the university did not remove the shroud. The university says it dispatched workers to remove the covering, but it was already gone when they arrived.

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Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com

2017-09-13 21:16:38 GMT

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