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The Robert E. Lee statue is removed from its plinth [View Image] The Robert E. Lee statue is removed from its pedestal. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

In photos: The Lee statue comes down

The Robert E. Lee monument, the last of the five major Confederate statues on Monument Avenue, is removed from its plinth.

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With crowds of people gathering to watch, the Robert E. Lee statue was lowered from its pedestal on Monument Avenue on Wednesday. The statue’s removal “helps advance a more inclusive world,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., and is “an historic moment in the never-ending mission to promote inclusion and opportunity for all human beings.” 

VCU photographers were on site to capture the historic event.

The Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue [View Image]The Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue early Wednesday morning. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) Workers prepare to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from its plinth [View Image]Workers prepare to remove the statue from its plinth. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) Workers begin removing the Robert E. Lee statue from its plinth [View Image] Workers prepare to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from its plinth [View Image] Workers prepare to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from its plinth [View Image] Workers prepare to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from its plinth [View Image] The Robert E. Lee statue is removed from its plinth [View Image] A crowd of people gathers to watch the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue [View Image]A crowd of people gathers to watch the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) The Robert E. Lee statue is removed from its plinth [View Image] Workers atop the empty pedestal after the Robert E. Lee statue is removed [View Image]Workers atop the empty pedestal after the Lee statue is removed. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing) A crane where the Robert E. Lee statue once stood [View Image]
Photos by Kevin Morley, University Marketing

 

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