The pedestal on which a controversial statue of Accomplice Gen. Robert E. Lee stood for 131 years in Richmond, Virginia, is slated to be eliminated, Gov. Ralph Northam introduced Sunday.
The land that housed each the statue and the plinth will likely be returned to the town, the state’s Democratic governor defined in a press launch.
“This land is in the course of Richmond, and Richmonders will decide the way forward for this area,” Northam mentioned. “The Commonwealth will take away the pedestal and we anticipate a secure elimination and a profitable conclusion to this undertaking.”
The pedestal had been defaced with profane, anti-police graffiti.
The Lee statue, which was dismantled in September, was the final remaining Accomplice determine to stay on the town’s historic Monument Avenue, after having turn out to be the topic of intense controversy following the dying of George Floyd in Might 2020.
Shortly after Floyd’s dying in police custody, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered close by likenesses of Accomplice Gens. JEB Stuart and Stonewall Jackson eliminated, as effectively Accomplice Naval commander Matthew Fontaine Murray. Protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Accomplice President Jefferson Davis.
Northam determined to take away the Lee statue across the identical time, however court docket litigation had delayed the Lee statue’s elimination as a result of it was on state-owned land. The Virginia Supreme Court docket finally ruled in a 7-0 decision that the statue may come down. As soon as eliminated, it was sawn into two items for storage.
“The commonwealth of Virginia will take away the most important Accomplice statue remaining in the USA – the statue of Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond – on Wednesday, September 8, following authorization by all three branches of state authorities, together with a unanimous determination final week by the Supreme Court docket of Virginia,” the state introduced in a press release on the time.
Former President Donald Trump issued an announcement deploring the statue’s elimination on the time, saying partially, “Our tradition is being destroyed and our historical past and heritage, each good and dangerous, are being extinguished by the Radical Left, and we will not let that occur!”
Northam faced a race controversy of his personal in 2019, concerning a yearbook photograph from his faculty days.
Fox Information’ Michael Lee contributed to this report.