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I Went to the University of Virginia. We Don’t Need Statues to Remember our History
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I Went to the University of Virginia. We Don’t Need Statues to Remember our History

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Daniella Gibbs Léger explains why the removal of Confederate statues from public spaces is both long overdue and critical to American progress.

I remember the day I saw the plaque. I was walking back to my dorm late one night during my second year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Slightly hidden among the pathway was a sign that indicated I was standing on a slave cemetery. I turned to my friends and said “Oh my God, y’all. We are sleeping on the bodies of slaves.”

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Daniella Gibbs Léger

Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategy

@dgibber123