Virginia removes Robert E. Lee statue, 8 Confederate monuments from state capitol

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 24th, 2020 4:03 pm
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Last Updated Jul 25th, 2020 at 9:22 am

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.


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