"If such [war memorials] are erected, it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same."
This whole "discussion" about history and racism has been constructive, however. It has exposed the charlatans that would use race as a weapon to promote their political ends. When the City of Charlottesville established a Human Rights Commission a while ago, it was a government solution in search of a problem. It has not come up with any instances of human rights violations in its history. How could it? The city is run by progressive Democrats. When a 16 year old female decided that she felt threatened by the General Lee statue, the City Council of Charlottesville decided to push for the removal of the statue. City Council even went so far as to instruct the "Blue Ribbon" Commission to recommend removing the statue after the commission failed to initially make that recommendation. The first report recommended adding other statues and memorials to Lee Park, and leaving General Lee in place.
Unfortunately, the vote to remove the statue won because Council member Bob Fenwick changed his vote to "yes" from a previous "no." Not because of any study of the law or rational deliberation, but because he felt bad that some people had allegedly made racially bigoted comments to his fellow Council Member Wes Bellamy (Bellamy is black). Fenwick claimed he had a copy of one of the alleged emails at a recent Council meeting, but declined to read it in front of the children who were present. Fenwick also failed to enter any of these emails or comments into the public record.
There are so many things that the City Council of Charlottesville should be addressing, such as improving roads and traffic, or the economic welfare of the community, or any number of other real issues. We do not need to invent fake issues.