The Virginia Council was formed in the winter of 2021 after two long years of ugly, divisive, and often physically destructive cultural conflict across Virginia.
A growing number of officials, students, and activists took their private support of savage iconoclasm public, leading to the widespread destruction of world class art installations and free speech in the public square.
Innocent citizens were harassed, threatened, and attacked on the streets and at home in the state’s capital city. Independent small businesses were destroyed by misguided activists, only to then be forcibly closed for months and hyper-regulated by an overzealous governor and mayors wielding “emergency” powers.
National landmarks that told the story of Richmond’s Civil War history were very symbolically attacked. The debate began with calls to move statues to museums and battlefields. Now, many of the historical markers that lined Monument Avenue for a century have been dismantled, melted, or dumped at the municipal sewage treatment plant. This history-erasing campaign is one final lie and insult to those who seek to study and understand the complexities of the past so they are not repeated.
The Virginia Council was formed to take legal and cultural action to save the state’s monuments, art, and historic sites. We educate the public on the significance of these historic resources and provide a space where Virginians can build a society that learns from the past while paving a way to the future.
Since 2021, hundreds of Virginians have joined our volunteer movement to take personal responsibility for their communities and neighborhoods while making their voices heard beyond partisan politics.
Our mission is ongoing—to preserve Virginia’s history and craft the most prosperous future for all of its citizens. Join The Virginia Council and help us build a better Virginia today!