Ballot referendum to decide Portsmouth monument's fate

Voters will get to weigh in on whether the Confederate monument in Portsmouth's Olde Towne should stay or go.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Voters will get to weigh in on whether the Confederate monument in Portsmouth's Olde Towne should stay or go.

A divided City Council voted to hold a referendum on the issues. According to our partners at The Virginian-Pilot, the decision came during a meeting Tuesday night. Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe has previously said he supports moving the 19th century monument off of Court Street.

Councilman Bill Moody told the paper the non-binding ballot referendum will happen "in November, or some appropriate time."

Council also passed a resolution that supports moving the monument to Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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