Leaders at the state-sponsored Virginia Military Institute said they intend to keep Confederate statues on their campus but will “consider adding more historical context,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
In an impassioned speech at the college’s board on Tuesday, Superintendent General J.H. Binford Peay III echoed the “protecting Southern history” argument many Confederate statue defenders use.
“We are a different school,” Peay said. “And we build on the strengths of our traditions, the right traditions, the right statues, the right… ceremonies that we have to make our graduates stronger and better for a nation that needs to move to the future and advance in a right way.”
“That’s my thinking ladies and gentlemen,” he concluded. “And I don’t think I’m being politically correct.”
VMI is currently home to a memorial of Confederate general and former faculty member Stonewall Jackson and “a statue meant to honor VMI cadets who fought and died for the Confederacy at the Battle of New Market,” the report notes.