Virginia Governor Expected to Announce Removal of Lee Statue

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Gov. Ralph Northam to Announce Removal of the Country’s Iconic Monument

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was expected to announce the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s famous Monument Avenue. The governor was expected to make the announcement Thursday morning, according to officials.

The statue would be put into storage while awaiting a new location.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus stated Wednesday that removing the monument was a good step in the continued fight to address institutional racism and systematic disparities.

Del. Jay Jones, a black lawmaker from Norfolk, said that he was overcome by emotion when he learned that the statue was to be removed.

Northam’s decision came amid turmoil across the US and around the world over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into the victim’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving.

The statue had been vandalized during recent protests over Floyd’s death.