Governor Northam announces removal of Lee statue pedestal, transfer land to City
Sunday, Governor Ralph Northam announced the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument pedestal that displayed the Confederate General. This is part of an agreement reached with the City of Richmond to transfer the state-owned land to the City.
Virginia’s Lee statue has been removed from US Capitol
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 17: Tourists walk past the Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that is located inside the US Capitol August 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called for the removal of all Confederate statues from the United States Capitol. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)WASHINGTON – A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed. The Washington Post reports that workers removed the statue from Statuary Hall early Monday morning. Lee’s statue had stood with George Washington’s statue since 1909 as Virginia’s representatives in the Capitol’s honorary hall.
Charlottesville removes Confederate statue near rally site
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A crowd cheered Saturday as workers in Charlottesville removed a Confederate statue near the site of a violent white nationalist rally three years ago. The removal of a bronze figure of a Confederate soldier known as “At Ready” is seen in Charlottesville as a milestone in eliminating divisive symbols of the Civil War. The process of removing the statue began Saturday morning as workers affixed straps to the 900-pound statute to prepare to remove it from its base. A crowd of about 100 people cheered behind metal barricades as the figure was lifted from its pedestal and lowered to the ground. The statue has been outside the Albermarle County courthouse for 111 years.
No immediate ruling on motion to dismiss Robert E. Lee statue lawsuit
RICHMOND, Va. – A judge heard arguments Tuesday but did not immediately rule on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plans to remove an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond's famed Monument Avenue. An injunction currently prevents Northam's administration from moving forward with plans to take down the bronze equestrian statue of Lee. Now cloaked in graffiti, the Lee statue and other nearby monuments have become a rallying point during ongoing social justice protests and occasional clashes with police. Critics of the statues say they distastefully glorify people who fought to preserve slavery in the South.
WATCH LIVE: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaking during meeting on historical statues
WASHINGTON Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will be speaking during a virtual meeting of the Commission for Historical Statues in the US Capitol on Friday. Northam is expected to provide remarks during the meeting at 10:15 a.m.
Robert E. Lee statue stays on its Richmond pedestal, for now
RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond judge heard arguments Thursday but said he would not immediately issue a ruling in a lawsuit over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plans to remove an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant said the matter was of great importance and said he would issue a written ruling later. Northam's administration has been readying plans to remove the enormous statue - should the court clear the way- from a soaring pedestal. The 21-foot-high equestrian statue, which the state has said weighs about 12 tons, sits atop a pedestal nearly twice that tall.
Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters
BALTIMORE Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night. Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others. RAW VIDEO: A witness shared this video of the moments right after the statue was pulled down. He said a group came during ongoing protests in the park and pulled the statue down. Statues of Columbus have also been toppled or vandalized in cities such as Miami; Richmond, Virginia; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Boston, where one was decapitated.
Richmond removes its second Confederate statue in as many days
RICHMOND, Va. Work crews removed a second Confederate statue in Richmond on Thursday, a monument to Navy officer Matthew Fontaine Maury. The Maury statue, unveiled in 1929, depicts Maury seated in a chair with a large globe above him. It was the last of five Confederate monuments erected on Richmond's famed Monument AvenueMaury headed the coast, harbor and river defenses for the Confederate Navy. Richmond - the formal capital of the Confederacy - has about a dozen Confederate statues. Protesters tore down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis last month.
AG Mark Herring responds in lawsuit over Lee statue removal
Ralph Northam has both "the authority and the moral obligation" to remove a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Attorney General Mark Herring's office said in a court filing Wednesday. It came after Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley B. Cavedo issued an injunction Monday preventing Northams administration from removing the statue for 10 days. The lawsuit was filed by William C. Gregory, a descendant of two signatories to the deed. Named as defendants are Northam and the director of the Department of General Services, the agency tasked with handling the removal. The filing requests a copy of the transcript from Monday's proceedings, which attorneys for the state were not a party to.