A massive monument to Confederate General Robert E Lee has been now been unceremoniously torn down in Richmond, VA after it became a target for far-left demonstrators during the 2020 George Floyd riots.
As The Daily Wire reports:
The largest Confederate monument display in the United States was removed from public view on Wednesday, over a year after Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) called for its removal following the death of George Floyd.
The statue, a commemoration to confederate General Robert E. Lee, was unveiled in the 1890s in a field outside Richmond, Virginia. The 21-foot statue features Lee on horseback and sat atop a 40-foot granite base. The whole monument was six stories tall.
Governor Ralph Northan (D-VA) called for its removal last year, saying that we could “no longer honor a system that was based on the buying and selling of enslaved people,” according to Axios.
“After 133 years, the statue of Robert E. Lee has finally come down—the last Confederate statue on Monument Avenue, and the largest in the South,” said the governor. “The public monuments reflect the story we choose to tell about who we are as a people. It is time to display history as history, and use the public memorials to honor the full and inclusive truth of who we are today and in the future.”
NOW: Crowd chanting “hey hey hey, goodbye” as officials remove the Robert E. Lee Monument in Virginia —
the country’s largest Confederate statue pic.twitter.com/PFswiZCwXM
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 8, 2021
According to Northam’s office the statue will be placed in secure storage until its ultimate fate is determined.