A moving crew worked through the evening on Thursday to remove a full-sized statue of Robert E. Lee and eight other Confederate busts from Virginia's capitol.
State House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat, discretely ordered the eviction of the monuments from the historic Old House Chamber — a room where rebel lawmakers once met but is now a museum for visitors.
"Virginia has a story to tell that extends far beyond glorifying the Confederacy and its participants," Filler Corn wrote in a statement. "Now is the time to provide context to our Capitol to truly tell the commonwealth's whole history."
The names of the other monuments removed:
- Joseph E. Johnston
- Fitzhugh Lee
- Alexander H. Stephens
- Thomas Bocock
- Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
- James E.B. "Jeb" Stuart
- Jefferson F. Davis
- Matthew F. Maury
Filler-Corn's decision to remove the Confederate generals from the state capitol comes a few weeks after Virgina Gov. Ralph Northam called for the removal of a 21-foot bronze sculpture of General Lee on Richmond's historic Monument Avenue.
The monuments will be taken to an undisclosed storage location.