Is Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Statue Next?

Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Va. (Jay Paul/Reuters)
Alongside the pain that a monument may cause some citizens is the pain that its removal would cause others.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A fter George Floyd’s fatally brutal arrest, dozens of Confederate monuments were banished from civic settings throughout the South. And their ranks were further thinned last weekend, when Charlottesville’s equestrian statues to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were finally hoisted off their pedestals after a prolonged legal battle.

But the fate of what may be the most important Confederate statue of all has yet to be determined. The magnificent equestrian tribute to Lee on Richmond’s Monument Avenue — the old Confederate capital’s principal venue for Lost Cause commemoration — is still standing. Its majestically rusticated granite pedestal, 40 feet tall, was

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