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Last City-Owned Confederate Monument In Richmond Removed

The<a href=httpshowafricacom> <a>monument<a href=httpshowafricacom> <a>of Confederate General AP Hill was removed on Monday Photo Credit Mayor Levar M Stoney Twitter

 

On Monday, workers in Richmond demolished the last remaining Confederate monument in the city that was once the capital of the Confederate States of America. According to CBS News, the statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill was removed from its mounting and placed on a waiting vehicle.

Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney tweeted photos and video of the bronze statue’s dismantling. The dismantling comes more than two years after the city began the removal of Confederate monuments.

“Over two years ago, Richmond was home to more Confederate statues than any city in the United States. Collectively, we have closed that chapter,” Stoney shared. “We now continue the work of being a more inclusive and welcoming place where ALL belong.”

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Hill’s statue had been placed on top of his tomb. But, before the monument was moved, there was a legal struggle over whether the city could actually relocate his statue or his remains. However, in October, a Virginia circuit judge granted the city permission to remove the memorial.

General Robert E. Lee appointed Hill as a lieutenant general. During the Third Battle of Petersburg in 1865, a Union soldier shot and killed him.

According to CBS News, the Richmond City Council approved a law in 2020 authorizing the removal of confederate statues on city property. Since then, eight Confederate statues have been removed. Some of the statues were demolished in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing anti-racism riots.

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“Richmond had more Confederate monuments than any other city in the United States of America, and we were the former capital of the Confederacy,” Stoney said, per The Associated Press. “And so this wasn’t just two years of work, this was a hundred years of difficult work.”

“I’m proud of my city,” Stoney added. “We’ve done something that a lot of communities have struggled with, and I think a ton of people are ready to turn the page.”

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