Patrick County Supervisors vote to keep Confederate statue

(Stuart, Va.) — The Patrick County Board of Supervisors has voted to keep a Confederate monument in front of the courthouse.

The resolution was approved Monday night on a 4-1 vote, with board Vice-Chairman Dr. Lock Boyce offering the dissenting vote. Boyce said the resolution was unnecessary because the monument is protected from removal under state law.

About 50 people attended the meeting. The vote came at the conclusion of two-hour public hearing.

One supervisor drew applause when he said he would never vote to remove the statue.