Broad Street was founded and is still at home in Richmond, Virginia. The former capital of the Confederacy has been a hotbed of discussion about–and protests over–symbols such as the Confederate statues that march down the town’s grand Monument Avenue.
We stand with Black Lives Matter and the peaceful protests at the monuments, which are creating new artwork out of the old figures that signify, for many people, centuries of oppressive violence.
Our photo of the week is by Gregory Osina Weatherford: The statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, has been splashed with pink paint and graffitied with messages expressing both rage and love.
The week of June 8, “Love Will Win” was painted over the original language on the monument, which vaunts the Confederates’ intention “to die nobly” in a “desire to clothe their country with freedom.”
UPDATE: The statue came down on the night of June 10-11, 2020. Watch video on Richmond.com.
When the monuments are removed, they’ll open a new space for freedom.