“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 said. “With the coming down of the monument it is also a part of coming down with those types of ideals. It brings some closure to the conversation, ‘It’s OK to be racist’.”
Gobernador. Ralph Northam, un demócrata, tenido announced plans to remove the Lee statue in June
2020, but met legal challenges
A group of Richmond residents sued
, arguing that an 1890 deed
y un 1889 General Assembly joint resolution prohibited the governor from directing the removal of a state monument from state property
. The plaintiffs also claimed property rights to enforce the deeds
, saying they required Virginia to perpetually keep the Lee statue in place
En su opinion
, the Virginia Supreme Court disagreed
, saying that all the plaintiffs
’ claims were without merit and dissolved injunctions the lower court imposed
Northam praised the rulings as a
” en una oracion la semana pasada and said pulling down the statue would help move the state and Richmond
“into a more inclusive
, just future.
Patrick McSweeney, an attorney for residents along Monument Avenue in one of the lawsuits, told CNN on Tuesday that he had informed the Virginia Supreme Court that he will request a rehearing.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, un demócrata, on Tuesday countered that the state’s high court “stated plainly that the prior injunction pending appeal was dissolved ‘immediately.'”
And while some Monument Avenue residents tried to block its removal
, más que 50 residentes living on or near the street supported the statue’s removal
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney
, un demócrata, last summer invoked his emergency powers to retirar several Confederate monuments honoring Gen
. Thomas “Pared de piedra” Jackson, Gen. J.E.B
. Stuart and others
. And protesters had toppled a monument of Jefferson Davis
, the president of the Confederate states during the Civil War
Combating oppression at the local level
The statue will be placed in secure storage at a state-owned facility until a decision is made on its further disposition, officials said in a news release Monday. The 40-foot granite pedestal the Lee statue sits on will remain in place during a community-driven effort to “reimagine” Monument Avenue, según los funcionarios.
A time capsule at the monument is also set to be replaced with a new capsule made by Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale that will include 39 artifacts. A photo taken of a Black ballerina at the monument last summer, a Covid-19 vaccination card and Kente cloth are some of the items to be included.
18 months have seen historic change
, from the pandemic to protests for racial justice that led to the removal of these monuments to a lost cause
,” Northam said in a declaración
martes. “It is fitting that we replace the old time capsule with a new one that tells that story.
The statue and its surrounding area have most recently been an intersection of protests
, baile, activism and even a somber place of reflection where a hologram of Floyd illuminated the statue last summer
The pedestal, West told CNN, should go into a museum to be preserved as an artifact from a historical moment.
“This is ground zero and this expression has to be defended,” él dijo, adding there is more to be done following the monument’s removal, including curbing gun violence — an issue Stoney declared a public health crisis in May.
“It’s not just the overall symbols of oppression and the general oppression ideals that we need to combat. We also need to combat things on the local level as well,” West said.