The commonwealth of Virginia on Wednesday removed the enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has towered over Richmond’s main roads since 1890.

Crowds gathered to watch the 12-ton figure of Lee atop a horse get strapped to a pulley system and hoisted to the ground by a crane.

A chant broke out to celebrate the moment, which came after a legal battle over who had the power to take it down. Virginia’s Supreme Court confirmed last week that the power rests in the office of Gov. Ralph Northam (D).

Northam then laid out plans to finally remove the capital’s hulking monument to the Confederacy, which fought for slavery during the Civil War.

NOW: Crowd chanting “hey hey hey, goodbye” as officials remove the Robert E. Lee Monument in Virginia —the country’s largest Confederate statue pic.twitter.com/PFswiZCwXM

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 8, 2021

Many hundreds of Confederate monuments were erected in the early 20th century, supposedly to preserve local history, and more cropped up as the civil rights movement gained steam. The memorials were part of “an orchestrated propaganda campaign to terrorize African American communities,” in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Much of the Lee statue was still covered with graffiti protesting police brutality and systemic inequality.

Lee’s likeness is headed for storage.

RELATED… Gen. Robert E. Lee Statue Can Be Removed From Richmond: Virginia Supreme Court Confederate Bust To Be Removed From Tennessee Capitol After Decadeslong Fight Fort Benning Memorial Will Honor Black Soldier Who Was Lynched 80 Years Ago GOP State Senator's 'Stand Up For Our Culture' Rant Goes Viral For The Wrong Reasons Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost

Source Link:
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/virginias-12-ton-robert-e-lee-statue-removed_n_6138b77de4b0df9fe27ddfe1

[-0.730995,"negative"]

Comments

comments

Advertisement