The statue of the controversial General Lee will be demolished tomorrow. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam decided to remove the statue just days after George Floyd died last year.
Protesters tried to block that decision, but to no avail. The Supreme Court ruled last week that the monument could be removed.
Robert E. Lee was a general during the American Civil War (1861-1865). He held racist beliefs and fought for the Southern States to oppose the abolition of slavery.
Hundreds of tributes to Leigh are found across the United States: street names and entire cities are named after him.
Protests against racism and police brutality followed the death of Black Lives Matter Floyd after the Lee statue.
Earlier this year, in the American city of Charlottesville, The statue of the General was also removed After the protests left the hand.
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“As we unleash the leaders who fought for an organization that enslaved the people, we respect a lost cause that has been a burden for many years in Virginia,” Governor North said.
Richmond Mayor Lever M. Stony also thinks the time has come for the statue to disappear. “We are a diverse, open and welcoming city and our symbols should reflect that reality,” he said.
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