To: Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University and Michael Rao, Twitter @vcupresident, President, Virginia Commonwealth University

Rename the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chapel at VCUHS/MCV

Rename the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chapel at the West Hospital of the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.

Why is this important?

Most Richmonders and most enrolled at and working at VCU are unaware that the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chapel is located on the 17th Floor of the West Hospital (former MCV) at The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. This chapel must be renamed.

The chapel, dedicated in 1963 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, is a fine place for worship but who can imagine a Black person choosing to do so?

This monument to the traitor Jefferson Davis should not be on the property of a state-owned hospital dedicated to serving the region's poorest. It must be renamed and rededicated to those poor people seeking compassionate medical care.

Michael Rao, President of Virginia Commonwealth University, can be contacted on Twitter at @vcupresident.


Reasons for signing

  • Please rename the chapel. Davis has nothing to do with the chapel or the building.
  • Jefferson Davis's name should not be on anything PUBLIC. He was a traitor, not from around here, and the whole naming thing was part of propoganda by the Daughters of the Confederacy. This needs to be remidiated everywhere.
  • Great petition!

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