Conference to discuss place of Confederate icons in modern society

Published: Jul. 24, 2018 at 7:22 PM EDT
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A conference hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will focus on the place of Confederate icons in modern day society.

The issue has drawn increased attention lately, with the debate over monuments in Charlottesville and the ongoing conversation surrounding the name of Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton.

"It's only through a robust discussion, and an open and honest discussion, that we are going to decide as a society what's going to be acceptable moving forward," said Keven Walker, the CEO of SVBF.

Speakers at the conference will include Walker, Christy Coleman and James "Bud" Robertson, Jr.

The organization works to preserve land in the Shenandoah Valley significant during the Civil War.

"We are proud to be part of that discussion," Walker said, "and to create opportunities for people to come together with differing opinions to make our future better by remembering our past."

The conference will take place this Saturday, July 28, at James Madison University. The final day to register is Wednesday.

Those interested in registering can call 540-740-4545.

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