|MCLEAN, VA – Terry for Virginia is announcing today a digital ad, “Righting A Wrong,” which highlights Terry’s bold action to preserve, protect and honor historic black cemeteries in Virginia. In the ad, Vincent Tucker, an advocate for preserving Black cemeteries, recalls how Confederate cemeteries received funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia for maintenance while historical African American cemeteries, like his family’s ancestral cemetery in Hamton, did not receive the same state support. As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry McAuliffe passed the law that helped fund the maintenance of these historical African American cemeteries. As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will fight to create a more equitable future for our Commonwealth where every Virginian is lifted up. He will continue to defend civil rights, build equitable healthcare and education systems, and create opportunities for all Virginians to build wealth and benefit from the Commonwealth’s post-COVID economy.
In the ad, Vincent Tucker says, “Over the past 50 years or so, the Confederate cemeteries have been receiving funding from the state of Virginia to provide maintenance, and the African American cemeteries got nothing. Terry McAuliffe passed a law that helped with the maintenance of the historical Black cemeteries. I thought it was a wonderful thing to help remember where we come from. With Terry McAuliffe, we will continue to move the needle where it’s equitable for all people.”
Terry has also released big, bold plans to strengthen Virginia’s education system and dramatically increase teacher pay, help secure Virginia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, reform our criminal justice system to create a more equitable Virginia, ensure Virginians have access to regular nutritious meals, address the broken, predatory system of prescription drug pricing, boldly confront the gun violence epidemic, make Virginia the best state in the nation for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Care (STEM-H) and computer science education, tackle the housing crisis in the Commonwealth and invest in Virginia’s workforce to create a more equitable post-COVID economy, ensure Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care, tackle climate change and secure Virginia’s clean energy future by 2035, lift up Black Virginians as the Commonwealth rebuilds equitably from the COVID-19 pandemic, further advance LGBTQ+ rights, and create a flourishing rural economy.