Workers secure scaffolding around the 40-foot tall granite pedestal on Monument Avenue that once held the towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The work to remove the pedestal began Monday.
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Gov. Ralph S. Northam orders removal of 40-foot granite pedestal that held Confederate Robert E. Lee’s statue on Monument Avenue, and for the land to be turned over to the city
When the giant monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee went up 131 years ago, fiery Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell Jr. described it as monument that would hand down to future generations “a legacy of treason and blood.”