Charlottesville scraps Jefferson’s birthday as holiday

At a city council meeting on Monday evening, councilors voted to to remove the day as a city holiday.

To replace it, Freedom and Liberation Day has been declared a holiday on March 3. It’s to commemorate the day enslaved people in Charlottesville were officially emancipated by U.S. troops at the end of the Civil War.

Removing the celebration of Jefferson was voted on four-to-one with Kathy Galvin being the only “no” vote.

“Thomas Jefferson already has 365 holidays and I do think that is the case here in Charlottesville,” Councilor Bellamy previously said. “You literally can’t go anywhere within our city without hearing or seeing a reminder of Thomas Jefferson.”