The Virginia Supreme Court denied two separate challenges on Thursday from residents trying to keep the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Ave. in Richmond.
Governor Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the statue last summer during the social justice movement that swept the country. The Lee statue is the only state-owned statue on Monument Avenue.
“We have won the case to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from Monument Avenue,” said Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. “The Supreme Court of Virginia has dissolved all injunctions and the statue may now come down. A big win for a more inclusive Commonwealth!”
After Richmond City officials removed all other confederate statues on Monument Ave, the removal of the Lee statue will leave just one monument on the road – a tribute to tennis legend Authur Ashe.
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