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UVA president criticizes Jefferson statue shrouding

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The president of the University of Virginia says protesters who shrouded a statue of Thomas Jefferson in black were "desecrating" ground many people consider "sacred." UVA President Teresa Sullivan sent statements to the university community and alumni Wednesday about the protest the night before over the college's response to white nationalist rallies this summer in Charlottesville. The Daily Progress reports a group of about 100 people including students, faculty and community members gathered on campus Tuesday night. They covered the statue of Jefferson, UVA's founder, and put up signs that called him a "rapist" and "racist." Sullivan says she "strongly" disagrees with their decision to cover the statue. She says one person was arrested for public intoxication. The shroud has since been removed.

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