According to the city authorities, the violent clashes between far-right nationalists and counter-protesters have left at least one person dead and over 30 injured so far.
"Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police are on the scene of a three vehicle accident at Water and 4th Streets in Downtown Charlottesville", the Charlottesville Police Department said in a statement.
Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones said at the conference that 14 people were treated for injuries, "ranging from life-threatening to mild". They have nothing to do with President Donald Trump's victory last November, which occurred because white swing voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin who previously voted for Barack Obama twice went for Donald Trump this time.
Among those expected to attend are Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and "alt-right" activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.
We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for.
Bennet echoed his upper chamber colleague, saying that the events that unfolded in Virginia are contrary to everything we stand for as a country.
In a related incident, two members of the Virginia State Police were killed when the helicopter they were using to monitor the protests from above crashed into a wooded area on the outskirts of Charlottesville, WTVR-TV reported.
The violence prompted First Lady Melania Trump to call for an end to the clashes, tweeting: "Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let's communicate w/o hate in our hearts".
Kessler organized the Saturday rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. Lets come together as one! The president has received previous criticism for being slow to condemn acts of hate done in his name.
Mrs Trump was the first voice out of the White House to condemn one of the largest race hate rallies in the U.S. for decades. "No good comes from violence".
These tweets come around the same time as Trump took to Twitter to denounce the attacks. There is no room for hatred and bigotry in America.