July 27, 2022 12:02 am

Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s appointment of a defender of Confederate statues to the state Board of Historic Resources has drawn fire in Virginia. (Editorial cartoon by John Cole)

From the Washington Post: “Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has appointed a historian to the state Board of Historic Resources who has defended the state’s Confederate monuments and condemned their destruction as a “dangerous” rewriting of history. Ann Hunter McLean of Richmond, the former head of a Christian school, told an online publication that she believes Virginia’s heritage is ‘under attack’ as she begins serving on the board, which oversees state historic-site designations.”

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole's political cartoons on Virginia government and politics appear on the Virginia Mercury on Fridays. He is currently the staff cartoonist for the editorial pages of The Times-Tribune in Scranton, PA. Prior to this, he enjoyed a nearly 20-year run with The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC, where he developed an affection for the state, its people and its politics. His award-winning work is internationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.