In 2017, debate over Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue sparked a violent neo-Nazi rally that left a woman dead. Now, a Black cultural center wants to melt it down and turn it into public art.
The Emancipation and Freedom Monument — two 12-foot bronze statues of a man and a woman holding an infant newly freed from slavery — was unveiled in Richmond, the former Confederate capital.
A 133-year-old time capsule that was placed at the pedestal of the Confederate monument in Richmond, Va. in 1887 will be replaced by a new time capsule filled with modern-day artifacts.
The figure of Jackson was removed from its pedestal in front of the campus barracks Monday morning. It will be relocated to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market, Va.
Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the statue removed in June. The statue, which stands 60 feet high, is the only Confederate statue still standing on the city's Monument Avenue.
Though George Floyd's death renewed calls to remove Confederate monuments, some cities formally decided to protect them.