About the Guide

The Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statues in Charlottesville, Virginia garnered national attention in 2017. Given this widespread interest, the Charlottesville Statues Legal History Research Guide provides resources for those interested in the statues' past and present. Researchers will find digitized copies of litigation documents from the ongoing court case, Payne v. City of Charlottesville. This guide also lists research materials, including municipal records, published texts, and archival collections, relating to the statues and the associated parks. In the coming months we will be adding content to these pages, including updated litigation documents, additional City Council minutes from the 1910s and 1920s, and expanded descriptions of archival collections.

The Charlottesville Statues Legal History Research Guide includes and references documents with myriad opinions. Their inclusion does not indicate endorsement of their contents nor sympathy with the ideologies, doctrines, or means employed by their authors or persons mentioned in the documents. The documents are featured here for research purposes only.

The banner image is from the unveiling of the Jackson statue on October 19, 1921.
Compiled by the University of Virginia Law Library