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Statue of Confederate Robert E. Lee coming down in Virginia

A crew plans the operation to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va.
A crew plans the operation to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Ave. in Richmond, Va.

Crews are set to remove one of the country's largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, a towering statute of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. The bronze likeness of Lee on a horse will be hoisted off its 40-foot pedestal Wednesday, 131 years after it was erected in the former capital of the Confederacy. Many consider the statue an offensive tribute to the South's slave-holding past. Public officials in Virginia resisted its removal until the death of George Floyd under a police officer's knee. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to take it down amid nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.