Atlantic Records
Now playing
01:34
Confederate monuments that still exist in the US
durham protest confederate monument torn down_00001415.jpg
durham protest confederate monument torn down_00001415.jpg
Now playing
00:45
Protesters tear down Confederate monument
Silent Sam UNC
@ssiddiqui83/Twitter
Silent Sam UNC
Now playing
00:52
Protesters knock down Confederate statue at UNC
WJLA
Now playing
00:46
Baltimore removes Confederate statues by night
A statue of a Confederate soldier constructed in 1911 in displayed in a downtown park and will be moved to a nearby cemetery after it was decided in a hearing with supporters and protestors of the statue, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
John Raoux/AP
A statue of a Confederate soldier constructed in 1911 in displayed in a downtown park and will be moved to a nearby cemetery after it was decided in a hearing with supporters and protestors of the statue, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Now playing
00:54
Confederate monument in Tampa will stay put
A statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee sits in Emancipation Park, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, over the weekend is accelerating the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the nation.  (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman)
Julia Rendleman/AP
A statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee sits in Emancipation Park, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, over the weekend is accelerating the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the nation. (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman)
Now playing
02:16
Trump in 2017: Removal of Confederate statues is sad
cnnee pkg ione respuesta trump charlottesville critica ceos abandonan consejo presidencial_00005422.jpg
cnnee pkg ione respuesta trump charlottesville critica ceos abandonan consejo presidencial_00005422.jpg
Now playing
02:40
Backlash continues over Trump's comments
statue
CNN
statue
Now playing
01:14
US Capitol home to several Confederate statues
Confederate statues Kate Bolduan stop talking ath_00000000.jpg
Confederate statues Kate Bolduan stop talking ath_00000000.jpg
Now playing
01:57
CNN anchor to guest: Stop talking
charlottesville confederate monument nd_00023519.jpg
CNN
charlottesville confederate monument nd_00023519.jpg
Now playing
02:36
What led to Charlottesville protests?
CORRECTS TITLE FROM PRESIDENT TO GENERAL Workers prepare to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee, former general of the Confederacy, which stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017.  The city is completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert/AP
CORRECTS TITLE FROM PRESIDENT TO GENERAL Workers prepare to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee, former general of the Confederacy, which stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. The city is completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Now playing
00:49
'Lost cause of Confederacy' comes to end
Alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia
phedlund/Instagram
Alt-right march in Charlottesville, Virginia
Now playing
01:02
Torches brought to Confederate statue protest
confederate flags found Ebenezer Baptist Church MLK king_00003824.jpg
confederate flags found Ebenezer Baptist Church MLK king_00003824.jpg
Now playing
01:06
Confederate flags found at MLK's church
387975 02:  The Mississippi State flags flies April 17, 2001 in Pascagoula, MS. Voters will decide whether to replace the state's old flag, which sports the Confederate battle cross, with a new flag that would have 20 white stars on a blue square.  (Photo by Bill Colgin/Getty Images)
William Colgin/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
387975 02: The Mississippi State flags flies April 17, 2001 in Pascagoula, MS. Voters will decide whether to replace the state's old flag, which sports the Confederate battle cross, with a new flag that would have 20 white stars on a blue square. (Photo by Bill Colgin/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:06
Ole Miss students want state flag taken down
Now playing
02:04
Mayor's moving Confederate monuments speech

Story highlights

The petition was on pace to reach its goal on Monday

Organizer said people are taking it seriously

(CNN) —  

Missy Elliott is the queen of “flip it and reverse it.”

A petition to have a statue of the rapper/singer replace a Confederate monument had almost reached its goal of 25,000 signatures on Monday.

Nathan Coflin is a resident of Elliott’s hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, and started the Change.org petition to replace the Confederate monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth near the intersection of Court and High streets with one of Elliott, whom he calls “a true Portsmouth native hero.”

“Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award-winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott,” the petition asks.

“Before she was ‘Missy Misdemeanor’ she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia,” the petition continues. “Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth’s lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30 million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave.”

The petition is a moment of levity in what has been an otherwise contentious battle over symbols of the confederacy since a recent white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The rally was sparked by the call to preserve a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Violence broke out and Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a man attending the rally plowed a car into a group of counter protesters at the demonstration.

Related: Charlottesville mayor: I changed my mind about Confederate monuments

Coflin told the Washington Post he’s a history buff and a major Elliott fan.

“I wanna show we can honor the positivity that’s happening today in Portsmouth and I think no one better suits that than Missy Elliott,” he told the publication. “People are taking it seriously – whether the Portsmouth City Council will take it seriously is another matter.”

CNN has reached out to reps for Elliott for comment.