The Virginia Supreme Court accepted plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee mounted in Richmond.
With the conclusion of two lawsuits, the court determined Governor Northam has the authority to remove the 60-foot statue from the state-owned property. “Today’s ruling is a tremendous win for the people of Virginia,” said Northam, who himself has a history similar to confederates.
“Our public memorials are symbols of who we are and what we value. When we honor leaders who fought to preserve a system that enslaved human beings, we are honoring a lost cause that has burdened Virginia for too many years.”
Other statues of the controversial figure have been removed in recent years, including one in Charlottesville, Virginia, four years after opposing rallies clashed in the city, which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer.
Last year’s monumental Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests created new outrage regarding numerous American monuments, from figures like Lee to Washington and Lincoln. Protestors vandalized and even attempted to dismount the statues in cities across the country.
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