DANVILLE, Va. – A special commission established to review Danville’s Civil War monuments held its first meeting Wednesday and will begin the process of reviewing what should be done about a flagpole on the grounds of the Sutherlin Mansion, a statue of former Mayor Harry Wooding on the steps of the municipal building, and renaming the Stonewall Recreation Center.

The group is also looking at a base where a statue once stood honoring the women of the Southern Confederacy. The statue was removed shortly after it was erected in 1927 but the base and plaque were left on the grounds of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, which briefly served as the Last Capital of the Confederacy.

Harry Wooding was the nation’s longest serving mayor but also served in the Confederate Army as a teenager. His military record is mentioned in an inscription on the side of the statue’s base

No timeline has been set for decisions on any of the markers.

Danville Vice Mayor Dr. Gary Miller chairs the committee.

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