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...more
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
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
"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
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
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 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 Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia. REUTERS/Jay Paul
Children play near the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. REUTERS/Jay Paul
Carly Manning views the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. REUTERS/Jay Paul
The Emancipation and Freedom Monument is shown on the day it was unveiled in Richmond. REUTERS/Jay Paul
Jerry Myrick takes photographs of the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. REUTERS/Jay Paul
People look on at the Emancipation and Freedom Monument. REUTERS/Jay Paul
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