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US Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue

01:20  04 june  2020
01:20  04 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

Governor Northam announces removal of Lee statue

  Governor Northam announces removal of Lee statue A senior administration official told The Associated Press that the governor will direct the statue to be moved off its massive pedestal and put into storage while his administration seeks input on a new location . The move comes amid turmoil across the nation and around the world over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving.

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from public grounds in Richmond. "We urge the Governor to show his commitment to racial equity by taking action immediately to remove this towering racist symbol from Richmond's

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement about planned security for the "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally, which was planned in part to protest the removal of the statue . He said that participants had the right to exercise their freedom of speech, but that he found their views

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.

FILE - This Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo shows a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo shows a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The governor will direct the statue to be moved off its massive pedestal and put into storage while his administration seeks input on a new location, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak before the governor’s announcement.

Virginia city removes slave auction block from its downtown corner

  Virginia city removes slave auction block from its downtown corner The city of Fredericksburg, Va., removed a slave auction block from a downtown corner last Friday after two years of discussions among city council. The 800-pound block was taken out of the ground after its removal was delayed by legal battles and the coronavirus shutdowns, according to the city's website. The 800-pound block was taken out of the ground after its removal was delayed by legal battles and the coronavirus shutdowns, according to the city's website. The removal came as protests over police treatment of minorities and police brutality erupted in Fredericksburg and across the country over the past couple of weeks.

In Richmond, Va ., an oversized statue of Lee that towers over the city’s Monument Avenue was covered with graffiti, including the phrases “No More Virginia has more than 220 public memorials to the Confederacy, according to the governor ’s office. A state law passed this year, which goes into

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - Gov. Ralph Northam's office said Monday that he will push for legislation replacing Virginia 's statue of Confederate Gen. The governor filed a drafting request for a bill that would outline the process for removing the statue — one of Virginia 's two in the National Statuary

The move comes amid turmoil across the nation and around the world over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving.

Floyd's death has sparked outrage over issues of racism and police brutality and prompted a new wave of Confederate memorial removals in which even some of their longtime defenders have decided to remove them.

The Lee statue is one of five Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. It has been the target of vandalism during protests in recent days over Floyd's death.

Other tragedies in recent years have prompted nationwide soul searching over Confederate monuments, which some people regard as inappropriate tributes to the South's slave-holding past. Others compare monument removals to erasing history.

Confederate memorials began coming down after a white supremacist killed nine black people at a Bible study in a church in South Carolina in 2015 and then again after a violent rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville in 2017.

The Lee monument was erected in 1890, decades after the end of the Civil War.

Monument honoring abolition of slavery vandalized in France .
andals have defaced a monument celebrating the abolition of slavery in southern France, in an apparent response to growing anger over entrenched racism and calls for the removal of monuments to historical figures tied to colonialism and the slave trade. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Statues to people with links to France's colonial past and slavery have been placed under police protection over the past week, as protesters have toppled or vandalized monuments to similar figures in the U.S.

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