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Black activists, allies call Lee statue removal a big win

Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 19:27:23-04

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After days of unrest over the death of George Floyd, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee near downtown Richmond would be taken down from its massive granite pedestal as soon as possible. The governor said it would be moved to storage while his administration weighs its future. Northam’s decision has been widely praised by black leaders and activists as a key marker on the path to equality but not the finish line. For years, their calls to remove that monument and others in this former capital of the Confederacy have met resistance.