Norfolk Area District Paints Over Confederate Monument in Mural

Wednesday the Norfolk mural had the image of the confederate monument painted in the letter F. Thursday, it's not there anymore

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Waterside District repainted the letter "F" in its "NORFOLK" mural overnight, which previously displayed the city's Confederate monument.

The postcard-style mural on the side of the dining and entertainment destination had shown the monument alongside other scenes and landmarks. The newly-painted letter "F" now features a 1920s-era image of a Norfolk street.

Waterside District released this statement:

"We are proud to have welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests to Waterside District since opening in the Spring and to be able to provide a welcoming gathering place for the entire community to enjoy. The inclusion of the picture was inadvertent, and upon discovery, we promptly made a change which also is in keeping the Mayor and City’s Councils’ recent decision regarding the monument.”

The monument of "Johnny Reb," a Confederate soldier, has been on East Main Street for 110 years. It sits roughly two blocks from Waterside District.

Protests in Norfolk have taken place at the monument, claiming "Johnny Reb" is not welcome here." Anti-monument demonstrations also have been held at Confederate monuments in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. 

The long-standing controversy over Confederate monuments flared up after a rally in Charlottesville earlier this month. One person died. Many others were hurt. 

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Norfolk City Council recently approved a resolution declaring its desire to move the monument to a cemetery as soon as state law allows it.

PHOTOS: Norfolk Confederate monument removed from Waterside District mural

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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