Monument in Capitol Square will recognize legacy of Native Americans in Virginia

Photo Daniel Sangjib Min/Times-Dispatch

By Frank Green/Richmond Times-Dispatch – – Photo Daniel Sangjib Min/Times-Dispatch

There were prayers, dancing and remarks Saturday at the groundbreaking of the Indian Tribute monument, entitled “Mantle,” under shade trees on Capitol Square.

Representatives of more than half a dozen tribes from Virginia and elsewhere and scores of spectators attended. The monument will recognize the legacy and significance of Native Americans in Virginia.

The event was hosted by the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Virginia Capitol Foundation. According to the foundation, “Mantle” will be in the shape of a nautilus and feature natural landscaping. It will serve as a meditation space, a gathering spot and as an educational vehicle about Virginia’s native peoples.

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