CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)- A Virginia man has admitted to taking a historic marker memorializing the site of slave auctions in a Virginia city.
News outlets report 74-year-old Richard Allan was arrested by Charlottesville police Tuesday. He told multiple news outlets he removed the plaque that had been built into a sidewalk because he believed it was insulting to enslaved Africans and their descendants. A city spokesman says leaders plan to replace the plaque with a more appropriate marker.
Police say Allan is charged with two felonies. Charlottesville was the site of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017 where an activist was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.