Online petition seeks to replace Confederate monument with Missy Elliott statue

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Petition seeks Missy Elliott statue in Virginia (KTRK)

While the healing continues in Virginia following the deadly clash in Charlottesville, an online petition wants one of its native daughters to become an eternal presence for years to come.

A petition is seeking to replace a Confederate monument with a statue in the likeness of rapper Missy Elliott.

The monument is in Portsmouth, Virginia, which is Elliott's birthplace.

In explaining the choice of the multi-platinum artist, the petition asks, "Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott?"

The post continues, "Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth's lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30 million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave."

The petition seeks 35,000 signatures.

The petition is being directed at Portsmouth city council members as well as town Mayor John L. Rowe.

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