Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond set to be removed on Wednesday


FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, file photo, the Robert E. Lee Monument is shown in Richmond, Va. The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled unanimously that the iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee can be removed from its place of honor in Richmond. (Daniel Sangjib Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP, File)

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.

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