The Confederate monument of Charles R Lee has been removed from Charlottesville, Virginia. The US statue’s removal comes nearly four years later after the infamous Unite the Right rally took place in the town back in 2017.
During this rally, counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed as violence broke out at the rally.
The statue was taken down this morning and it’s expected that the Confederate monument of General Thomas Jackson is to also be removed.
Crowds gathered and cheered as the statue was lifted off its stone pedestal by a crane.
Its removal follows years of legal fights along with changes in the state law that protected war memorials.
Charlotteville Mayor Nikuyah Walker gave a speech as the statue was being removed; she stated, “Taking down this statue is one small step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville, Virginia and America grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy black people for economic gain,”.
It has been noted that only the statues and not the pedestals will be removed. The statues are to be stored in a secure location until a final decision is made about what should happen to them.