The Washington Post reports that the process to remove the statue began on Saturday morning as workers prepared to remove 900 pounds of law strips from their grounds.
A crowd of about 100 people followed behind the metal barricades, as the figure was lifted from its pedestal to the ground. The statue has been outside the Albertmal County Courthouse for 111 years.
Members of the crowd wore all masks amid the coronovirus epidemic. Some wore the Blue Union Civil War and danced to a music broadcast by a local radio station.
On August 12, 2017, a cheerful scene came out in protest against the violence at the United The Right rally. A self-proclaimed white supremacist in a crowd of people opposing a white nationalist assembly hit his car and injured dozens. .
“It’s a great moment,” said local community organizer Don Gaithers. “Most of the racial tensions, conflicts and protests that we are seeing across the country originate from here in Charlottesville. But now we are moving the needle in a positive way.”
Albumarley County supervisors voted earlier this summer to drop the statute, which is located within the city of Charlottesville. The statue was not the focal point of the 2017 rally, but it was Confederate General Robert E. There is a block away from Lee’s statue that white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups said they were defending in the confrontation.
The city council of Charlottesville took over and the nearby memorial was sent to General Thomas J. “Stonewell” Jackson voted to oust both, but a small group of Confederate supporters sued to save him. The case is with the Supreme Court of Virginia and it can take months to resolve.