Richmond, former capital of the Confederates, will remove monuments in their memory

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The mayor of Richmond has decided to immediately withdraw many statues considered by their detractors to be symbols of the country’s racist heritage.

By Le Figaro with AFP

The statue of General Stonewall Jackson, removed from its pedestal on July 1, 2020.
The statue of General Stonewall Jackson, removed from its pedestal on July 1, 2020. JULIA RENDLEMAN / REUTERS

The city of Richmond, Virginia, will remove the monuments in memory of the Confederate army installed in the former capital of southern slavery during the American Civil War, announced on Wednesday July 1, the mayor, Levar Stoney.

According to a press release from the town hall, Levar Stoney “ordered the immediate removal of many statues in the city, including Confederate statues“, Considered by their detractors as symbols to the glory of the racist heritage of the United States.

These are regarded by their detractors as symbols of the glory of the United States’ slave legacy, at a time when the country is the scene of a historic outburst against racism after the death in recent months African Americans at the hands of white police.

The most symbolic is that of the Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Army, General Robert Lee, who has been enthroned for a century in a town square. City employees were busy starting Wednesday afternoon around the statue of Stonewall Jackson, another general of the army of the South. The statue was unbolted and then lowered from its pedestal with the help of a crane, according to local media.

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