Monument Avenue, Richmond Virginia
A web site created and maintained by Brooke Ramsey and Sarah Dobson at the
University of Virginia.
Welcome to this exploration, both past and present, of our nation's most celebrated tribute to the
Confederacy: Monument Avenue. The symbolic language embodied within the boulevard's
public statuary has secured the avenue's significance as both a memorial and "a state of mind." A
century after its first monument was unveiled, the avenue continues to evoke pride in the
southern cause, commemorate the fortitude of heroic men, and spark controversy as Southerners'
"idea of the Old South" clashes with the idea of a national "American" identity. We invite you
to join us as we travel down this street of southern tradition, history, and grandeur.
America's Most Beautiful Boulevard