Sep 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Virginia to remove Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue this week

Workers install an 8-foot fence around the Robert E. Lee monument on January 25, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia.

Workers install an eight-foot fence around the Robert E. Lee monument on Jan. 25 in Richmond, Virginia, amid preparations for its removal. Photo: Eze Amos/Getty Images

Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue will come down on Wednesday, days after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the state could remove the 60-foot-tall monument.

Why it matters: The 130-year-old statue is "Virginia's largest monument to the Confederate insurrection," Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement Monday. "This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as a Commonwealth."

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