“Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee had been removed from the U.S. Capitol,” according to The Washington Times.
“The life-sized bronze monument is to be moved to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond after having stood for 111 years in Washington.
“State Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted Monday that the statue removal ‘is long overdue.’
“‘We must start telling our complete history and remove these monuments that venerate individuals who fought to maintain slavery in this country,’ tweeted Mr. Herring, a Democrat.
“Sculptor Edward Valentine gifted the statue to the collection in 1909 as a commemoration of the general who commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 until he surrendered in 1865, according to the Architect of the Capitol website…
“State Sen. Louise Lucas, Virginia Democrat and commission chairwoman, along with seven other members, voted unanimously this summer to recommend the statue be removed.
“‘Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia, that’s why we voted unanimously to remove this statue,’ Ms. Lucas said Monday in a statement. ‘I am thrilled that this day has finally arrived, and I thank Governor Northam and the Commission for their transformative work.'”
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