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A statue of Thomas Jefferson overlooks the grounds of the University of Virginia, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va., a week after a white nationalist rally took place on campus. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Black Lives Matter protesters covered a Thomas Jefferson statue in Charlottesville


Updated September 13, 2017 07:59 AM EDT

Black Lives Matter protesters covered a Thomas Jefferson statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A group of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Tuesday covered a statue of former President Thomas Jefferson in black, according to WVIR.

WVIR reported that dozens of people bearing Black Lives Matter slogans appeared at the statue in front of the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Rotunda around 8 p.m. local time that evening.

Three people climbed atop the monument, and a sign posted above the covering read “TJ is a racist and rapist.”

Demonstrators beneath the statue then listed demands following three events in Charlottesville earlier this summer involving white supremacists.

Some Twitter users on Tuesday posted images of the protest, with one banner around the statue reading “Black Lives Matter” and “f—k white supremacists.

The Daily Progress reported that about 100 UVA faculty, students and community members gathered during Tuesday night’s protest.

The group’s covering of the Jefferson statue mimicked the city of Charlottesville’s decision last month to shroud two monuments to Confederate generals there.

“One month ago, we stood on the front lines in downtown Charlottesville as all manner of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and neo-fascists swarmed the area,” a speaker said, referencing last month’s unrest in the city.

Protesters also chanted against President Trump and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) during Tuesday’s event, saying “No Trump, no KKK, no racist UVA.”

The Progress reported that protesters urged UVA to ban white supremacist hate groups from its campus.

The group also demanded that UVA “remove the Confederate plaques on the Rotunda” and balance the school’s “historical landscape.”

Demonstrators added Jefferson’s statue is an “emblem of white supremacy” that should be “re-contextualized with a plaque to include that history.”

White nationalists traveled to Charlottesville last month to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee there.

The situation turned violent on Aug. 12, however, when a car drove into counter-protesters there and killed one person.

Two Virginia State Police troopers also died the same day in a helicopter crash authorities linked to the unrest there.

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