There was a light drizzle on the morning of September 12, 2020, and underneath the humid air you could feel the freshness of fall coming. A welcome end to what had been, by all accounts, a painful summer. I donned a raincoat, and walked over to Courthouse Square to witness a small piece of history taking place.

I snapped this picture during the removal of what’s known as the “Johnny Reb” statue — a confederate soldier that was erected in the downtown center of Charlottesville in 1909. When I posted it on Instagram, one family member lamented that history was…

Wendy Hasenkamp

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