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Robert E Lee: Virginia removes one of America's largest confederate monuments

Telegraph, 09 Sep 2021
A crowd erupted in cheers and song Wednesday as workers hoisted one of the United States’ largest Confederate monuments off a pedestal where the figure of Robert E. Lee towered over Virginia's capital city for more than a century.

The statue was lowered to the ground after a construction worker who strapped harnesses around Lee and his horse lifted his arms in the air and counted, "Three, two, one!" to jubilant shouts from hundreds of people. A work crew then began cutting it into pieces.

"Any remnant like this that glorifies the lost cause of the Civil War, it needs to come down," said Gov. Ralph Northam, who called it "hopefully a new day, a new era in Virginia."

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