RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Crews are set to remove one of the country’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, a towering statute of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia.
The bronze likeness of Lee on a horse will be hoisted off its 40-foot pedestal Wednesday, 131 years after it was erected in the former capital of the Confederacy. Many consider the statue an offensive tribute to the South’s slave-holding past. Public officials in Virginia resisted its removal until the death of George Floyd under a police officer’s knee. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to take it down amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.
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