The commonwealth of Virginia on Wednesday removed the enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has towered over Richmondâ€™s main roads since 1890.
Crowds gathered to watch the 12-ton figure of Lee atop a horse get strapped to a pulley system and hoisted to the ground by a crane.
A chant broke out to celebrate the moment, which came after a legal battle over who had the power to take it down. Virginiaâ€™s Supreme Court confirmed last week that the power rests in the office of Gov. Ralph Northam (D).Â
Northam then laid out plans to finally remove the capitalâ€™s hulking monument to the Confederacy, which fought for slavery during the Civil War.
NOW: Crowd chanting â€œhey hey hey, goodbyeâ€ as officials remove the Robert E. Lee Monument in Virginia â€”
the countryâ€™s largest Confederate statue pic.twitter.com/PFswiZCwXM
â€” philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 8, 2021
Much of the Lee statue was still covered with graffiti protesting police brutality and systemic inequality.Â
Leeâ€™s likeness is headed for storage.Â