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LETTER: Time for a Woman on Monument Avenue

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I am a resident of Monument Avenue. When I sit on my second-floor porch I have an excellent view of the Stonewall Jackson memorial. When I drive eastward I enjoy seeing the memorials to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart. If I drive westward, I pass the Maury statue — not a Civil War hero, but at least a historical figure.

A few blocks later you come to Arthur Ashe, a tennis player, not known in any strictly historical sense.

It does not bother me if anyone disapproves of how the memorial is rendered. What bothers me is that Arthur Ashe is located on Monument Avenue, period. This memorial should be moved to the Arthur Ashe building on the Boulevard. I suggest he should be replaced by Confederate hospital operator Sally Tompkins. She was active in the Civil War and would provide a little gender balance to the war commemorations.

R. D. Traub
Richmond

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