The graffiti-covered granite plinth that once held a controversial statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee will be removed by the State of Virginia, three months after the bronze monument to Robert E Lee was removed.
Governor Ralph Northam said in a statement that preliminary work at the site in Richmond will start and the pedestal is expected to be completely removed by December 31.
Governor Ralph Northam said that this land is in the middle of Richmond, and Richmonders will decide the fate of this space, and that the Commonwealth will remove the pedestal and that they anticipate its safe removal and a triumphant conclusion to the project.
The statue the plinth supported was removed on September 8 after becoming the latest Confederate statue to be toppled by the Black Lives Matter movement amid objection from some white residents who thought it should be preserved in history.
The plinth was defaced with graffiti on May 2020 as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd continued, with messages such as ‘no more white supremacy’ where left in spray paint.
Both items will be preserved rather than destroyed, although a decision hasn’t been made on if, or how, to display them in public again.
Meanwhile, the city of Richmond will be allowed to decide what happens to the traffic circle that once held the plinth, but has yet to tease any possible plans.
As the 12-ton bronze statue, America’s largest Confederate icon, that stood on it was winch away last autumn, BLM supporters applauded and chanted ‘Na Na Hey Hey’.
The 40-foot concrete pedestal remained in place while officials determined what to do with it.
The release said that once the pedestal has been removed, it will be dismantled and stored until the next steps have been determined.
It’s likely that the 1887 time capsule, thought to have been concealed under the statue will be recovered when the plinth is removed.
Officials in September called off the search for the capsule, which was said to contain a photo of Abraham Lincoln, after just 12 hours of digging.
Crews removed up to 8,000 pounds of granite blocks from the bottom of the 40-foot high concrete pedestal on September 9 in search of the copper box loaded with Civil War artefacts before an aide for Northam called it a night and said the search was over.
Sadly the US is destroying its history, well the little that it has, and it’s a crime to try to eradicate history.
It would have been cheaper to put a railing around it, rather than give in to the wokes and remove it, and why change history because a few people are offended.
The removal of these monuments really makes me sad. Whether or not one agrees with the honoree’s cultural or political views, makes them no less worthy.
They’ve existed for decades and some even centuries, and I don’t suppose everyone is a fan of Robert E Lee but these statues shouldn’t be removed, otherwise, soon, the American country will have nothing more than car dealerships, gas stations and fast-food outlets. Oh, they already have!
And the US is a comparatively young country in terms of history, and it’s such a shame when they destroy the very little history that they have.
Countries only learn from their past mistakes and all history should be preserved for future generations to learn by and not be destroyed by minority pressure, and it’s important to remember what was fought against so that people can recognise it when it reappears.
Don’t be fooled, fashions go in circles and ideology will reappear when the wheels turn, but erasing the past, it will allow the same to return unchallenged.