Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to announce removal of Robert E. Lee monument

by Peter Heck · Jun 4th, 2020 10:08 am

In an apparent response to the ongoing protests over police brutality, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will be announcing plans to remove the iconic statue of General Robert E. Lee from Richmond's monument avenue.

Activists have demanded the statue of the Mexican War and Civil War veteran be removed due to his prominent role in defending the Confederacy as the commanding officer for the Army of Northern Virginia.

Jay Jones, a state delegate to the Virginia legislature, expressed his excitement at the announcement.

"That is a symbol for so many people, black and otherwise, of a time gone by of hate and oppression and being made to feel less than," Jones said.

Initial plans call for the statue to be removed and placed in temporary storage until a more proper and fitting location can be found.

As protests and riots have spread across the country in recent days, the Lee monument and a handful of other Confederate statues have been targeted with graffiti calling to "end white supremacy."

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