Infamous cavalry statue takes its last ride to Poolesville to stand guard at White's Ferry
ROCKVILLE – Friday was a last hurrah for a 104-year-old Rockville statue representing an increasingly more distant past.
After two years of controversy and public debates a County contractor moved Rockville’s Confederate statue Tuesday to its new home at White’s Ferry outside of Poolesville. The statue, depicting a confederate cavalryman – and modeled after a former Rockville mayor, was taken from its home at the old Rockville “Red Brick” Courthouse where it had stayed for many years. The statue arrived at White’s Ferry on Tuesday.
For years Rockville and County residents debated the appropriateness of the statue, which for the last 104 years stood in downtown Rockville as a memorial to the County’s confederate Civil War veterans.
While the statue was the centerpiece of discussion for many Rockville City Council meetings, only about half a dozen County resident gathered on Friday to give the statue a farewell topped with a Champaign toast to a monument of Rockville’s past.
“I actually had relatives that fought for the Confederacy from Montgomery County, so this is actually part of my culture,” said Bethesda resident David King, who is a member of the local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.