Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee comes down in Virginia capital
September 9, 2021
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A crowd erupted in cheers and song Wednesday as workers hoisted one of the nation's largest Confederate monuments off a pedestal where the figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee towered over Virginia's capital city for more than a century.
The statue was lowered to the ground just before 9 a.m., after a construction worker who strapped harnesses around Lee and his horse lifted his arms in the air and counted, "Three, two, one!" to jubilant shouts from hundreds of people. A work crew then began cutting it into pieces.
"Any remnant like this that glorifies the lost cause of the C...