The "Appomattox" statue in Alexandria, Va.

The "Appomattox" statue in Alexandria, Va.

At the intersection of South Washington and Prince Streets in Old Town, Alexandria, a bronze statue depicts a solemn figure with his arms crossed, facing south. That statue, Appomattox, honors the soldiers from Alexandria who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War. More than a century after the statue was erected, its presence, as well as other markers of Virginia’s Confederate past like Jefferson Davis Highway, are being scrutinized. This week, the Alexandria city council will consider what to do about the memorials and street names that honor the Confederacy. Kojo explores the challenge of remembering and reconciling with Virginia’s past.


  • John T. Chapman Councilman, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Joe Davidson Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Mary Lyman Former Chair, Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, Alexandria, Virginia; Chair, Planning Commission, Alexandria, Virginia

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