Levar Stoney

Two Miles From North America’s Oldest Elected Body, A Richmond Neighborhood Cowers In Fear

It’s two miles or so down Monument Avenue from the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond to the Robert E. Lee Memorial.  Those who spray-painted it had all the time in the world to deface the statue, knowing the state and city government would do nothing to protect this public property. The result is a once-beautiful neighborhood now gripped in fear, stripped of its history, shorn of its tradition.