“to be cut in two”: “Richmond’s Robert E. Lee monument comes down this morning in victory for BLM”


America’s largest Confederate statue – the 12-ton bronze statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee – was removed from its pedestal in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday morning to the sound of BLM chants and the Steam song ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ in the latest victory for the racial justice group.  

America’s largest Confederate statue to be cut in two and sent to Goochland Women’s Correctional Center: Richmond’s Robert E. Lee monument comes down this morning in victory for BLM

  • The 12-ton, 21ft bronze General Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, will come down at 9am EST 
  • Crews started hoisting the top of the statute at 8am – the streets surrounding it have been closed 
  • Only the bronze statue of Lee will be removed – the 40ft concrete pedestal will remain in place for now  
  • The state is the largest Confederate monument in Virginia and the largest Confederate statue in the country 
  • It was erected in 1890 in honor of Lee, a prominent slave owner and revered Confederate Army general 
  • Last year, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced it would be brought down in light of the BLM movement
  • A time capsule that has been in the statue’s base for 131 years will be replaced by a new one 
  • The new capsule contains 39 ‘artifacts’ including a BLM sticker, a ‘Virginia is for lovers’ Pride sticker, an expired COVID vaccine and pictures from a Stop Asian Hate Protest 
  • Richmond Police have closed the roads surrounding the statue and fenced it off ahead of the removal 
  • Pedestrians are allowed to watch it from a viewing area on Monument Avenue  
  • Senate Republicans in Virginia wanted to stop it from being torn down; they say the monuments are part of the state’s history 
  • Another statue of Lee in Charlottesville was brought down in July  – that was the site of the Unite the Right rally in 2017
  • Since 2020, 160 Confederate statues, school names and monuments have been removed across the US 
  • The Southern Poverty Law Center says there are still some 2,000 ‘symbols’ still standing across the US  

By Jennifer Smith and Michelle Thompson For Dailymail.Com

Published: 01:05 EDT, 8 September 2021 | Updated: 09:04 EDT, 8 September 2021

America’s largest Confederate statue – the 12-ton bronze statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee – was removed from its pedestal in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday morning to the sound of BLM chants and the Steam song ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye’ in the latest victory for the racial justice group.  

The 21ft bronze statute of Lee atop a horse will be split in two and sent in parts to the Goochland Women’s Correctional Center in Virginia until officials know what to do with it permanently.  It is the latest Confederate statue to have been toppled by the BLM movement amid protest from white residents who thought it should be preserved in history.  

Crews began hoisting the 21-foot-tall bronze likeliness of Lee on horseback about 8 a.m. EST and an hour later, it was on the ground, protected by a fence which kept crowds of spectators back. 

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