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General Robert E. Lee Wednesday morning one of the largest and most recognizable symbols.
Teams removed a 131-year-old statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee Wednesday morning, one of the largest and most recognizable symbols of Confederate history in the state.
Workers seize the 12-ton statue and hauled it off its 40-foot pedestal, prompting cheers from hundreds of onlookers. Some wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts and chanted: “Whose streets? Our streets! and “Hey, hey, bye.”
They hugged, cried and celebrated the removal of the last Confederate monument along Monument Avenue, which got its name from the parade of Confederate monuments along its journey.
“It was the ultimate symbol of hatred,” exclaimed Bee Gardner of Richmond. Now her 8-year-old niece “can grow up honoring her racial identity, rather than a lost story.”
How old was Gen Robert E Lee ?
He was January 19, 1807, Stratford Hall, Stratford, Virginia, United States
Gen Robert E Lee Death
October 12, 1870, Lexington, Virginia, United States
Why did Robert E Lee resign from the US Army?
Due to his reputation as one of the best officers in the United States Army, Abraham Lincoln offered Lee command of the federal forces in April 1861. Lee declined and submitted his resignation from the Army when the state of Virginia seceded on the April 17, arguing that he could not fight his own people.
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Gen Robert E Lee statue fall and said the removal was overdue
Governor Ralph Northam saw the statue fall and said the removal was overdue because the history of the Confederacy does not represent what Virginia is.
“Public monuments reflect the story we choose to tell about who we are as a people,” said the governor. “It is time to show history as history and use public monuments to honor the full and inclusive truth of who we are today and in the future.”
About 200 people gathered in a fenced-in area to watch teams take apart the statue, including Rayshawn Graves from Richmond.
“If these statues came to life, they would probably not appreciate me or the fact that I am free and an equal citizen,” Graves said.
Another witness, David Marshall, said his son has repeatedly asked him about the meaning of the statue. Eliminating him, he said, means his youngest daughter won’t have to ask the same question.
“Mission accomplished,” Marshall said.
The centerpiece of Richmond’s Monument Avenue was the last remaining Confederate monument on the road after a move to tear down the statues. The monument’s presence became the focal point for protesters marching for racial justice last summer.
Despite a last-minute effort to save the statue Tuesday afternoon, crews placed a temporary boundary around the roundabout and Richmond police imposed vehicle parking and traffic bans on several blocks around the site.
General Services is likely to store the statue in a state-run storage facility until a decision on its disposition is made.
The Virginia Department of General Services is likely to store the statue in a state storage facility until a decision is made on its disposal. The Northam administration said it would seek public opinion on the future of the statue.
The pedestal, tagged with graffiti from the 2020 protests, will remain in the roundabout until a plan is developed to reinvent Monument Avenue. The governor’s office said Tuesday that a time capsule placed near the monument will be removed and a new one will be placed in its place with artifacts depicting the events that led to the statue’s removal.
Northam announced plans to remove the statue in June 2020 during the height of the racial justice protests. The move faced legal challenges, but the Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week that the monument could be torn down.
Teams remove one of the nation’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.
An attorney filed a last-minute motion with the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking clarification on the ruling. Still, the statue was lifted from its pedestal.
The Lee statue was the only monument on the avenue that was state-owned. The rest of the Confederate monuments were owned by the city of Richmond, and were removed shortly after a law was enacted allowing localities to decide the fate of Confederate statues and monuments on public property.
Now that Lee’s statue is gone, the only complete statue left on Monument Avenue is that of Richmond native Arthur Ashe, a tennis champion who lobbied for the advancement of civil rights.