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Richmond Bids a Not-So-Fond Adieu to Statue of Confederate Naval Commander

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Another Confederate statue in Richmond has, at long last, been removed. This time, it’s the state of  Matthew Fontaine Maury, “a Virginian [who] resigned his commission as a US Navy commander and joined the Confederacy.” Or, as Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney describes him (see below), a “confederate naval commander.” Of course, as Mayor Stoney points out, removing these “symbols of injustice” is only part of the work to “transform systems built on that same hateful foundation,” but it’s certainly a welcome move towards achieving that goal.