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Virginia capital unveils monument marking end of slavery after removing Confederate statue

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument designed by Thomas Jay Warren is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2021. Two weeks after the Virginia capital removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that had prompted protests over racial injustice, the city unveiled a new monument commemorating the end of slavery.

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The Emancipation and Freedom Monument designed by Thomas Jay Warren is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2021. Two weeks after the Virginia capital removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that had...more

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument designed by Thomas Jay Warren is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia, September 22, 2021. Two weeks after the Virginia capital removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that had prompted protests over racial injustice, the city unveiled a new monument commemorating the end of slavery. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The Emancipation and Freedom Monument, designed by Oregon sculptor Thomas Jay Warren, comprises two 12-foot bronze statues depicting a man and a woman carrying an infant, newly freed from slavery.

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The Emancipation and Freedom Monument, designed by Oregon sculptor Thomas Jay Warren, comprises two 12-foot bronze statues depicting a man and a woman carrying an infant, newly freed from slavery. REUTERS/Jay Paul

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument, designed by Oregon sculptor Thomas Jay Warren, comprises two 12-foot bronze statues depicting a man and a woman carrying an infant, newly freed from slavery. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Dr Coletta J. Bey takes a selfie in front of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. The new monument is located less than two miles from the site where the towering 61-foot Lee statue had stood for more than a century.

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Dr Coletta J. Bey takes a selfie in front of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. The new monument is located less than two miles from the site where the towering 61-foot Lee statue had stood for more than a century. REUTERS/Jay Paul

Dr Coletta J. Bey takes a selfie in front of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. The new monument is located less than two miles from the site where the towering 61-foot Lee statue had stood for more than a century. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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"The enslaved built this city with their hands," Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said at a ceremony to mark the occasion. "We will rebuild this city with our hearts."

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"The enslaved built this city with their hands," Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said at a ceremony to mark the occasion. "We will rebuild this city with our hearts." REUTERS/Jay Paul

"The enslaved built this city with their hands," Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said at a ceremony to mark the occasion. "We will rebuild this city with our hearts." REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Governor Ralph Northam announced the Lee statue's removal in June 2020, days after the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. "Just a couple of weeks ago, one of my proudest days, we took down a statue of a man who led an army to stop the emancipation and freedom these figures symbolize," Northam said at Wednesday's ceremony.

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Governor Ralph Northam announced the Lee statue's removal in June 2020, days after the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. "Just a couple of weeks ago, one of my proudest days, we took down a statue of a man who led an...more

Governor Ralph Northam announced the Lee statue's removal in June 2020, days after the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis. "Just a couple of weeks ago, one of my proudest days, we took down a statue of a man who led an army to stop the emancipation and freedom these figures symbolize," Northam said at Wednesday's ceremony. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The pedestal features the names and biographies of 10 Black Virginians who contributed to the fight for liberty before and after emancipation, including Nat Turner, who led a briefly successful slave revolt in 1831 in the state, and Dred Scott, a slave whose unsuccessful lawsuit seeking his freedom led to the infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1857 that people of African descent were not entitled to citizenship.

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The pedestal features the names and biographies of 10 Black Virginians who contributed to the fight for liberty before and after emancipation, including Nat Turner, who led a briefly successful slave revolt in 1831 in the state, and Dred Scott, a...more

The pedestal features the names and biographies of 10 Black Virginians who contributed to the fight for liberty before and after emancipation, including Nat Turner, who led a briefly successful slave revolt in 1831 in the state, and Dred Scott, a slave whose unsuccessful lawsuit seeking his freedom led to the infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1857 that people of African descent were not entitled to citizenship. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The project began a decade ago as part of the state's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the United States.

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The project began a decade ago as part of the state's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the United States. REUTERS/Jay Paul

The project began a decade ago as part of the state's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in the United States. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Children play near the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Children play near the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Children play near the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Carly Manning views the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Carly Manning views the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Carly Manning views the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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Jerry Myrick takes photographs of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Jerry Myrick takes photographs of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

Jerry Myrick takes photographs of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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People look on at the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

People look on at the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul

People look on at the Emancipation and Freedom Monument.  REUTERS/Jay Paul
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