Epiphanies from a White Woman in the Capital of the Confederacy

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, the city that served as the Capital of the Confederacy from 1861 until 1865; where, today, the regal statues of Confederate war heroes Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson stand along the aptly named Monument Avenue. My family moved away when I was 7, but my parents spoke fondly of Richmond and vowed to return. I…