NORFOLK, VA – Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander announced today that the bronze statue that sits atop the 80-foot downtown Confederate Monument will be removed within the next 24 hours, weather permitting. The decision to immediately remove the statue, known as Johnny Reb, was made in the interest of public safety due to recent events at the local and national level. The Mayor expressed grave concerns that the statue’s continued presence could lead to injury or violence and therefore must be immediately removed.
The statue stands nearly 16 feet tall and weighs approximately 2,500 pounds. A Norfolk-based contractor will use two construction cranes to remove the massive statue. Removal is expected to take 4-6 hours to complete.
The City will hold a public hearing on July 7, 2020 regarding the ultimate disposition of the statue and monument and observe the required thirty-day period to receive further comment on these matters prior to rendering a final decision.
The roads around the monument will be closed during the removal process and drivers could experience delays during the transport of the statue.
The public and media are requested to stay in the cordoned-off areas of East Main Street, Commercial Place, and on nearby sidewalks for their safety.
The City of Norfolk reiterates Mayor Alexander’s call for continued peaceful protests at this site and other locations within the City.
Information on the history of the monument can be found here: https://www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org/home/showdocument?id=892