“Yes, that statue has been there for a long time, but it was wrong then and it’s wrong now, so we’re taking it apart.”
An imposing statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee has been a focal point on Richmond, Virginia’s Monument Avenue for 130 years. Today, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that the statue would be removed and stored “as soon as possible.” Four other statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue will also be removed.
“Richmond is no longer the Capital of the Confederacy, it is full of diversity and love for all, and we have to demonstrate that,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said Wednesday.
“In Virginia, we no longer preach a false version of history, one that pretends that the Civil War was about state rights and not about the evils of slavery. In 2020, we can no longer honor a system that was based on enslaving people, “Northam said at a press conference. “Yes, that statue has been there for a long time, but it was wrong then and it’s wrong now, so we’re taking it apart.”