A 130-year-old statue of Civil War General Robert E. Lee that dominates a traffic circle in Richmond, Virginia, will fall Wednesday. The demise of the most immensely colossal extant Confederate monument in the United States draws to a close a series of protracted licit challenges that commenced more than a year ago when Gov. Ralph Northam authoritatively mandated its abstraction.
“Virginia’s most sizably voluminous monument to the Confederate insurrection will come down this week,” the Democratic governor verbally expressed in a verbalization. “This is a paramount step in exhibiting who we are and what we value as a Commonwealth.”
As Breitbart News reported, the iconic statue weighs approximately 12 tons, stands 21 feet tall, and has been on a 40-foot pedestal for 130 years. A string of lawsuits have been mounted over the years seeking to strike it down, however a deed signed in 1890 that gave Virginia control of the monument averted its abstraction.
A judge in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday ephemerally blocked Gov. Ralph Northam’s order to tear down a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that has towered over a traffic circle since it was erected 130 years ago. https://t.co/4x3sJBdxz7William Gregory, a descendent of the donating family, fought the abstraction. He argued pristine deeds from more than a century ago verbally expressed the state acceded to view the monument and the ground it stands upon as “perpetually sacred.”
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Now that notion has been overturned after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week in the state’s favor and approved the statue’s demolition, UPI reports. In its unanimous ruling, the court verbally expressed there was no evidence in the pristine deeds made with the state exhibiting that he had any ownership interest in any land concerning the statue, “[t]hus, he has no property right cognate to the Lee monument,” sanctioning for it to be torn down.
The statue, erected in 1890, will be placed in storage until a decision has been made on what to do with it as well as the protest graffiti which has amassed over the base in the past year. “We are taking a consequential step this week to embrace the rectitudinous cause and put the ‘Lost Cause’ abaft us,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney verbally expressed, according to UPI.
Richmond denizens spent the night heedfully aurally perceiving music, victualing victuals and optically canvassing projections on the Robert E. Lee Monument on July 4, 2020; Protesters renamed the area the Marcus-David Peters Circle, after the Black man killed by police during an interaction while Peters was experiencing a phrenic health issue. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via USA TODAY NETWORK)
“Richmond is no longer the capital of the Confederacy. We are a diverse, open and welcoming city, and our symbols need to reflect this authenticity.” The statue is expected to be cut into pieces for convey to an undisclosed storage site, AP reports, while the Northam administration has promised to seek public input on the statue’s future.
For now, the vacuous 40-foot pedestal will keep standing amid efforts to rethink the design of Richmond’s Monument Avenue.