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Largest remaining Confederate statue in the U.S. removed from Virginia capital

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8, 2021.   REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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As onlookers watched, crews secured the 21-foot (6.4-meter) bronze statue of the U.S. Civil War leader to a crane that hoisted it off its 40-foot (12.2-meter) granite pedestal and placed it on the ground.  
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As onlookers watched, crews secured the 21-foot (6.4-meter) bronze statue of the U.S. Civil War leader to a crane that hoisted it off its 40-foot (12.2-meter) granite pedestal and placed it on the ground. REUTERS/Jay Paul

As onlookers watched, crews secured the 21-foot (6.4-meter) bronze statue of the U.S. Civil War leader to a crane that hoisted it off its 40-foot (12.2-meter) granite pedestal and placed it on the ground. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Since 1890, the towering memorial has stood at its location on Monument Avenue in Richmond, the former capital of the pro-slavery Confederacy, a group of Southern states that fought against Union forces in the 1861-65 Civil War.

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Since 1890, the towering memorial has stood at its location on Monument Avenue in Richmond, the former capital of the pro-slavery Confederacy, a group of Southern states that fought against Union forces in the 1861-65 Civil War. Steve...more

Since 1890, the towering memorial has stood at its location on Monument Avenue in Richmond, the former capital of the pro-slavery Confederacy, a group of Southern states that fought against Union forces in the 1861-65 Civil War. Steve Helber/Pool via REUTERS
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A worker uses an electric saw to cut the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. Bob Brown//Pool via REUTERS

A worker uses an electric saw to cut the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. Bob Brown//Pool via REUTERS

A worker uses an electric saw to cut the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. Bob Brown//Pool via REUTERS
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People watch as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed, in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. Amr Alfiky/Pool via REUTERS

People watch as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed, in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. Amr Alfiky/Pool via REUTERS

People watch as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed, in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. Amr Alfiky/Pool via REUTERS
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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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A person holds a sign, as workers remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Jay Paul

A person holds a sign, as workers remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Jay Paul

A person holds a sign, as workers remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Onlookers watch as workers prepare to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Onlookers watch as workers prepare to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Onlookers watch as workers prepare to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, September 8.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The Robert E. Lee statue is one of the largest still standing in the United States. Memorials that honor leaders of the Confederate side have become targets of protests against racism. Defenders of the statues say they are tributes to the bravery of those who fought to defend the South.     REUTERS/Jay Paul

The Robert E. Lee statue is one of the largest still standing in the United States. Memorials that honor leaders of the Confederate side have become targets of protests against racism. Defenders of the statues say they are tributes to the bravery of...more

The Robert E. Lee statue is one of the largest still standing in the United States. Memorials that honor leaders of the Confederate side have become targets of protests against racism. Defenders of the statues say they are tributes to the bravery of those who fought to defend the South. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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During the last six years, more than 300 symbols of the Confederacy and white supremacy have been taken down, while some 2,000 still stand, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.     REUTERS/Jay Paul

During the last six years, more than 300 symbols of the Confederacy and white supremacy have been taken down, while some 2,000 still stand, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

During the last six years, more than 300 symbols of the Confederacy and white supremacy have been taken down, while some 2,000 still stand, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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A construction team removes the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

A construction team removes the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

A construction team removes the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, September 8. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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Richmond residents look at the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee the day before the monument will be removed in Richmond, Virginia, September 7.    U.S.REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Richmond residents look at the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee the day before the monument will be removed in Richmond, Virginia, September 7. U.S.REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Richmond residents look at the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee the day before the monument will be removed in Richmond, Virginia, September 7. U.S.REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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The feencing around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee appears to make an "X" as it was removed from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. Bob Brown//Pool via REUTERS

The feencing around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee appears to make an "X" as it was removed from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. Bob Brown//Pool via REUTERS

The feencing around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee appears to make an "X" as it was removed from its pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. Bob Brown//Pool via REUTERS
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People react as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

People react as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

People react as the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, the largest Confederate statue remaining in the United States, is removed by a construction team in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
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