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Local SCV members condemn white supremacists’ protest

Sons of Confederate Veterans members Joey Taylor of Gloucester and Perry Forrest of Mathews believe in preserving Civil War monuments, but they don’t believe in what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend.

On Saturday, fights broke out before a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park began, and early in the afternoon a woman was killed by a car running over her.

The protest had been billed as an expression of support for preserving a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Counter protestors also turned out in force and the rally was cancelled by authorities before its start time of noon.

Taylor is commander and Forrest is second lieutenant commander of Lane-Armistead Camp #1772, which has members from throughout the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

Both men said on Monday that the SCV has always been against hate groups such as the KKK and other white supremacist movements.

“We have nothing to do with any of that,” s...

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