Authors: SARAH RANKIN, DENISE LAVOIE
Richmond, Virginia (Associated Press) — A statue of General Robert E. Lee, who stood in Richmond for generations, was demolished on Wednesday, cut into pieces and transported away as the former Confederate capital wiped out the last civil war The character once defined its most prominent passage.
Many people cheered and sang as the bronze statue, which stood 21 feet tall, was taken off its pedestal and brought to the ground. The statue’s removal was a significant victory for civil rights activists. Their previous demand for its removal was unanimously rejected by the state and city officials.
Anna Edwards (a community activist and founding member of Virginia Alliance of Freedom Justice and Equality Defenders) said, “Ofcourse, even two years back, it was hard for me to imagine that the monument on Monument Avenue would actually be demolished.” “This shows that we are ending the layers of injustice suffered by blacks and other people of colour, who have long been ruled over by white supremacist policies.”
Democratic Governor. Ralph Northam ordered that the statue be destroyed in protest against George Floyd’s murder last summer by a Minneapolis police officer. The state Supreme Court ruled against Northam’s plan last week.
Northam saw the work and said that it was “Hope is an era for Virginia”
He said, “Anyone who glorifies the failure of civil war like this must be destroyed.”
The 21-foot (6 m tall) bronze sculpture was built on a granite base that was twice as high in 1890. It is situated in the middle of a transportation circle owned by the state, with four other large Confederate statues which were destroyed last summer.
One construction worker fastened Li’s horse’s seatbelt and raised his arms to count: “Three. Two. One!” The crowd cheered as the crane nearly took the statue.
Someone shouted “Whose street?” Our street! And sang “Hey! Hey! Hey! Goodbye!”
The staff divided the statue into two pieces along the general’s waist. This allowed it to be pulled from the highway overpass to an unidentified state-owned facility, until a decision was made as to its future.
The work was supervised by Henry’s corporate team and led by Devon Henry, a black executive who faced death threats last year after his company’s role in dismantling other Confederate statues in Richmond was made public. He claimed that Li’s statue was their most challenging challenge.
The fragments vanished within a matter of hours. The fragments were removed by a flatbed truck leaving behind the cheers and thunder of the noon thunderstorm. Workers are expected to take the time capsule out of the structure on Thursday, although the base is still in place temporarily.