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Phyllis Leffler

Phyllis LefflerSeason 1 – Episode 10
ABC16 Broadcast on Sunday, April 3, 2016
WVPT-PBS Broadcast on Thursday, April 8, 2016.

Charlottesville, Virginia made headlines recently when two of its City Councilors publicly called for the removal of an historic equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. At a recent press conference held beneath the statue in Lee Park, the Councilors and their supporters were met with angry taunts by Confederate flag-waving protestors. Lee was a great man, they shouted. You can’t change history! Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said the Lee statue must go— that it no longer has a place in the public square of a progressive, 21st century city. The proposal has sparked a heated debate throughout the region. And Charlottesville is not alone: as cities and towns across the South are struggling with the same conversation. Historian Phyllis Leffler joins Coy to discuss the competing narratives about the past, the Civil War and Lee’s legacy.

CoyBarefootShowThe Center for Media and Citizenship, in cooperation with Gray Television’s Newsplex of Charlottesville, proudly produces The Coy Barefoot Program. The show is broadcast each Sunday morning at 10am on ABC16 in Charlottesville and on Thursday evenings at 9pm on WVPT-PBS.  Hosted by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Coy Barefoot, the program offers exclusive, extended conversations exploring the news, issues and ideas in Charlottesville and beyond. The show’s Executive Producers are Coy Barefoot and Siva Vaidhyanathan. You can watch the Sunday morning premiere each week live online at this link.