ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) A probe into Governor Ralph Northam's controversial yearbook photo will be announced Wednesday
Eastern Virginia Medical School launched an independent investigation after the photo was published online. They're expected to hold a press conference and make the results of the probe public.
The controversial yearbook photo came to light in early February. On Governor Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook page, there's a photo of two men, one in blackface and one dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
The day the photo started to make headlines, Northam apologized for being in the photo. Then during a press conference the next day, he denied being the photo and did not know how it ended up on his medical yearbook page.
"I tell the truth. I'm telling the truth today. That was not my picture," Northam said during that press conference.
However, he did admit that he once put on blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson for a dance competition.
"There were actions and behaviors in my past that were hurtful. But like Virginia, I have also made significant progress in how I approach these issues."
Calls for his resignation from both parties and the people were almost immediate. However, during that initial press conference, Northam said he would not resign.
"As long as I feel that I can lead, I will continue to do that. If I reach a point where I am not comfortable with that, then obviously we will sit down and have that discussion."
The pressure for Northam to resign simmered to near stop when his potential successors faced controversy of their own. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faced sexual assault allegations by two women and Attorney General Mark Herring announced he'd also worn blackface in college, just days after he called for Northam's resignation.
Northam has not commented on the investigation at this time.
Governor Northam has kept a low profile since the scandal broke. He's slowly started to make more regular appearances and is expected to speak at a Small Business Symposium at Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday.