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Virginia Removes Robert E. Lee Monument from State Capital after Lengthy Court Battle

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Crews prepare to remove a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., September 8, 2021. (Steve Helber/Reuters)

Work crews removed the statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from its place on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, following a year-long court battle.

“Any remnant like this that glorifies the Lost Cause of the Civil War, it needs to come down,” Governor Ralph Northam told reporters at the site shortly before the statue came down. “This is, you know, hopefully a new day, a new era in Virginia. And in this country where, you know, we can welcome people and we can embrace diversity.”

Lawrence West, the founder of Black Lives Matter Richmond, said it was “very satisfying” to see the statue removed in comments to CNN.

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“Robert E. Lee standing here on Monument Avenue is very symbolic to the Confederate mindset, you know the levels of oppression that people feel on a regular day-to-day basis,” West told CNN. “With the coming down of the monument it is also a part of coming down with those

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