Paul Goodloe McIntire donated four monuments to the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. On Monday June 7th, 2021 the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the General Robert Edward Lee and the Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson Monuments. On July 10th, 2021, the same day that the General Lee and the General Jackson Monuments were being removed, the Charlottesville City Council voted, during a mid day Zoom meeting, to remove the Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea Monument to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center in Charlottesville.
On May 5th, 2021, I toured Monticello, the former home of President Thomas Jefferson, for my first time since 2013.
The General Robert Edward Lee Monument was the last of four monuments dedicated by McIntire in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. New York Sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady, whom also created the General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, which is currently in front of the United States Capital, designed and began the initial work on the General Robert Edward Lee Monument. In 1922, Henry Merwin Shrady died two weeks before the General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial was unveiled to the public.
After Henry Merwin Shrady’s death, the General Lee monument was completed by the Italian-American artist Leo Lentelli and transported from New York to Charlottesville, Virginia.
George Rogers Clark, the son of John Clark and Ann Rogers Clark, was born near Charlottesville within Albemarle County. George Clark was the older brother of William Clark, whom was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition sanctioned by former President Thomas Jefferson.
On August 8, 2019, at the The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, California, former Virginia Governor Terence “Terry” Richard McAuliffe held a forum regarding the “Unite the Right” rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 12, 2017, as a response to the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove the Robert Edward Lee statue. McAuliffe mentioned that one of the pilots that died, from a patrolling aircraft crash during the “Unite The Right” rally, was one of his former pilots during his term as Virginia Governor.
This event was one of several held as part of s book tour of McAuliffe’s new book, “Beyond Charlottesville”.