Confederate statues of Virginia to move to Black History Museum
The statue of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate laws in Richmond, Va., which were struck down last year, will now be turned over to local authorities Black History Museum.
The announcement was made last week by Ralph northam (governor, Virginia) and Levar Stoney (Mayor, Richmond). The decision is now awaiting city council approval. Once approved, the 21-foot-tall statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, along with its 40-foot pedestal, will be moved to the Black History Museum. Eight other Confederate statues will also be moved to the museum and the Virginia Cultural Center.
The Robert E. Lee statue was first examined in the summer of 2020, following the murder of George floyd. Mayor Stoney then announced the removal of Confederate statues from the city’s public spaces. Governor Northam also announced the statue’s removal in June 2020, but the process was halted by the circuit court after a complaint was filed. The lawsuit cited an 1890 document in which the state of Virginia promised to save the statue. However, last September, the state’s Supreme Court granted the governor the power to remove the statue. At the end of December, the statue was removed from its pedestal. Below, an 1887 time capsule was discovered that contained artifacts from the 17e-19e century.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Stoney said: “Entrusting the future of these monuments and plinths to two of our most respected institutions is the right thing to do.Northam, while speaking to NPR, said: “Symbols matter, and for too long Virginia’s most significant symbols have celebrated the tragic division of our country and the side that fought to keep the institution of slavery alive by any means possible. “