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US A George Floyd hologram will light up the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond tonight

03:05  29 july  2020
03:05  29 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Descendant: Statues 'Must Be Removed'

  Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Descendant: Statues 'Must Be Removed' Reverend Robert Wright Lee said he supports a bill that proposes removing a statue of his ancestor, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, from Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland.Reverend Robert Wright Lee, who identified himself as a distant nephew of the Confederate general, said the statue at Antietam and others "must be removed for a more perfect Union." He spoke before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands to weigh in on the proposed Robert E. Lee Statue Removal Act, a bill Rep. Anthony Brown of Maryland introduced nearly three years ago.

A monument to Robert E . Lee in Richmond , Va., has become the site of an unlikely community space. That may change abruptly with new restrictions from the police. But as protests over police brutality and racism, ignited by the killing of George Floyd while he was in policy custody, have spread across

The Robert E . Lee statue and other Confederate monuments on Richmond 's Monument Avenue will be removed amid protests over George Floyd 's death. Proponents of keeping up the statues say taking them down would erase history. Northam said, however, that that argument props up a false

A statue of Robert E. Lee has stood in historic city of Richmond, Virginia, for over a century. But on Tuesday night, the focus will not be on the Confederate general, but instead George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of police.

a close up of a street: Rodney Floyd in front of a hologram that honors his brother, George Floyd, at a private showing on Monday at the site of the former Jefferson Davis monument that was taken down this summer. CNN obscured portions of graffiti on the statue that contain profanity. © BEAM Imagination Rodney Floyd in front of a hologram that honors his brother, George Floyd, at a private showing on Monday at the site of the former Jefferson Davis monument that was taken down this summer. CNN obscured portions of graffiti on the statue that contain profanity.

Starting at 9:30 p.m. ET, a hologram of Floyd will light up the statue on Monument Avenue, which has since been covered in spray paint with phrases like "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop White Supremacy" following the widespread protests demanding racial equality.

Chicago mayor planning to remove Christopher Columbus statue at Grant Park

  Chicago mayor planning to remove Christopher Columbus statue at Grant Park Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is planning to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Grant Park as soon as Thursday night, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. © Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Getty Images Protesters near the Christopher Columbus statue in Chicago. The controversial statue was the scene of a confrontation between Chicago Police and protesters last Friday that left several officers injured. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

People gather around the statue of Robert E . Lee in Richmond , Virginia, amid continued protests over the death of George Floyd . Moreover, protestors standing up for the recent unjust deaths of George Floyd , Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade due to police violence are taking matters

The Robert Edward Lee is an outdoor bronze equestrian statue of Robert E . Lee and his horse Traveller. Commissioned in 1917 and dedicated in 1924, it is located in Charlottesville, Virginia's Market Street Park (formerly Emancipation Park, and before that Lee Park)

The area in which the statue sits was named unofficially named by protesters as the Marcus David Peters Circle, a reference to the Black biology teacher who was killed by police while experiencing a "mental health crisis," according to CNN affiliate WHSV.

"A Monumental Change: The George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project" was created by Change.org and the George Floyd Foundation. Floyd's family was able to get a preview of it on Monday night during a private event held at the site of the former Jefferson Davis monument.

"Since the death of my brother George, his face has been seen all over the world," Rodney Floyd, brother of George Floyd said in a statement. "Now by partnering with Change.org, the hologram will allow my brother's face to be seen as a symbol for change in places where change is needed most."

Robert E. Lee removed from state house hall of busts, high school name

  Robert E. Lee removed from state house hall of busts, high school name As the courts decide the fate of a controversial Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, state leaders removed a bust of the Confederate leader from the Capitol. The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates announced Friday morning that they removed busts of Lee and eight other Confederate leaders from the Old House Chamber in the state Capitol Building overnight. The move at the statehouse came hours after the Fairfax County School Board voted to change the name of the Robert E. Lee High School, in Springfield, to the John Lewis High School, in honor of the recently deceased Georgia congressman and civil rights leader.

The towering statue has become the focal point of demonstrations in Richmond against racism and police violence. Northam to announce plans to remove Richmond ’s iconic statue of Robert E . Lee . Protesters stand in front of the Robert E . Lee statue in Richmond on Wednesday.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that Richmond 's Robert E . Lee statue will be removed and put Ralph Northam announcing the removal of the Robert E . Lee monument from downtown Richmond as part of a plan to address systemic racism in response to the death of George Floyd .

The hologram show features a "myriad of fireflies that form into a beautiful image of George Floyd," according to a news release. His name is depicted in graffiti, mirroring the mural memorials that have popped up around the world to remember his life.

The event at the Lee statue is just the first of five stops in North Carolina, Georgia and other states this week. Following the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides, the hologram will replace Confederate statues as a "symbolic call to continue the fight for racial justice," the project's organizers said.

Black artists, musicians, poets and leaders will be attending to commemorate the launch.

a group of people posing for the camera: Members of George Floyd's family attending the private event on Monday. © BEAM Imagination/BEAM Imagination Members of George Floyd's family attending the private event on Monday.

Judge drops one injunction against Robert E. Lee statue removal .
The legal battle over the Richmond Robert E. Lee statue's future had a major development as a judge dropped one of the injunctions issued against its removal. Judge W. Reilly Merchant dismissed a case filed by one resident who is blocking Gov. Ralph Northam's June 4 order to remove the statue from Monument Avenue. He also granted an injunction on a second suit that’s aiming to keep the Confederate statue in place.

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