RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is about to come down from a place of honor in Virginia’s capital city.
The imposing, 21-foot tall bronze likeness of Lee on a horse sits atop a huge granite pedestal on Richmond’s Monument Avenue. Its removal on Wednesday will fulfill a vow Gov. Ralph Northam made after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.
The Supreme Court of Virginia cleared the way in ruling against two lawsuits last week. The removal is expected to draw large crowds and be livestreamed through the Democratic governor’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.