The state of Virginia will take down a statue of Robert E. Lee which stands in Richmond on Wednesday following a court ruling about its status in the community.
According to a report in The Washington Examiner, key players in the state have been debating whether or not to take down the statue erected in 1890, for 15 months.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Monday that the state would be removing the statue in a press release where he also revealed it would be a live-streamed event.
“Virginia’s largest monument to the Confederate insurrection will come down this week,” Northam said. “This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as a commonwealth.”
At 61 feet tall, weighing roughly 24,000 pounds and sporting a 21-foot effigy mounted on a 40-foot pedestal., the monstrous statue is going to leave a stark hole in the Richmondites memory.
The decision to take down the statue after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that “restrictive covenants” which protected the statue from removal were not valid.
“Today’s ruling is a tremendous win for the people of Virginia,” Northam said after the court’s decision was announced.
“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.”
Northam’s very public support of the statue’s removal came after he was embroiled in a dank “black face” controversy that got national attention just a few years ago.