Richmond, Virginia, was once the capital of the Confederacy. Monday the city removed it,
Workers lifted a bronze statue of Confederate General AP Hill from its base and placed it on a truck. Richmond Mayor LeVar M. Stoney tweeted photos and a video of the removal — more than two years after the city began taking down Confederate monuments.
“Two years ago, Richmond was home to more Confederate statues than any other city in the United States. Collectively, we have closed that chapter,” Stoney said. “We now continue to work to be a more inclusive and welcoming place where everyone belongs.”
The removal came after a legal battle over whether the city could move the statue or Hill’s remains, which were buried under the monument. finally aIn October that the city could continue.
Hill, one of General Robert E. Lee’s lieutenant generals, was killed during the Third Battle of Petersburg in 1865.
In 2020, the Richmond City Council approved an ordinance that allowed the city to remove Confederate statues from its property. since then, and inEight Confederate statues have been taken down.
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