Virginia will remove pedestal of former Robert E. Lee statue, governor says

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced On Sunday there are plans to remove the remaining pedestals that previously carried the Robert E. Lee statue of Richmond and turn the land into downtown.

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why it matters: It is the final step in the complete removal of the public monument to the General of the Union, following the removal of the statue in September.

big picture: According to the press release, the process to remove the chair is expected to be “substantially complete” by December 31.

  • Sunday’s decision is a reversal of Northam’s previous stance, which was to leave the pedestal in place, per AP,
  • The press release said parts of the pedestal will be stored “until next steps are determined.”

What are they saying: “This land is in the middle of Richmond, and Richmonders will determine the future of this location,” Northam said in the press release.

  • “The Commonwealth will remove the pedestal and we look forward to the safe removal and a successful conclusion of this project.”


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