Originally published at: REPORT: Charlottesville, VA -Hometown of Thomas Jefferson- Will No Longer Celebrate His Birthday | Sean Hannity
Thomas Jefferson’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia will no longer celebrate the Founding Father’s birthday; citing his long-known history of owning slaves throughout his life.
“City officials voted to scrap the holiday in honor of the slave-owning third president of the United States and instead adopted Liberation and Freedom Day, to be celebrated each March 3. The holiday commemorates the day U.S. Army forces arrived in Virginia in 1865, near the end of the Civil War, the Washington Times reported,” reports Fox News.
“The city council’s decision came just days after James Fields Jr., the 22-year-old driver convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens of other people at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville in 2017, was sentenced to life behind bars,” adds Fox.
“The vote to end the Jefferson holiday is just the latest of several setbacks for the Founding Father’s legacy in recent months,” concludes the report. “In March, some students at Hofstra University near New York City called for the removal of a Jefferson statue from the campus, claiming Jefferson represents racism and slavery.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.