Virginia to remove Robert E. Lee statue pedestal in Richmond, transfer state-owned land to city
Added 12-05-21 11:04:02pm EST - “Virginia announced it would remove the pedestal of the former Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond and cede the property on which it stood to the city.” - News.yahoo.com
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RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia governor’s office announced Sunday it would remove the pedestal of the former Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond and cede the state-owned property on which it stood to the city.
Removal of the pedestal will begin Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said. The removal will be completed by the end of December.
“This land is in the middle of Richmond, and Richmonders will determine the future of this space,” Northam, who leaves office next month, said in a statement released by his office. “The Commonwealth will remove the pedestal and we anticipate a safe removal and a successful conclusion to this project.”
The statue, which had stood on Monument Avenue for 130 years, was removed earlier this year after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the state, which owns the property, was not bound by a century-old land deed between a group of Henrico County citizens who paid for the bronze sculpture to be made and the commonwealth.
Two years ago, the General Assembly passed legislation allowing for the removal of Confederate monuments on publicly owned properties.
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