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Almanac, silver coin unearthed in 1887 time capsule found in pedestal of Lee statue in Richmond

Ralph Northam, Kate Ridgway
Ralph Northam, Kate Ridgway, Sue Donovon
Sue Donovan
Sue Donovan
Ralph Northam, Pam Northam, Celsea Blake, Devon Henry
Confederate Monuments Richmond
Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-23 16:59:36-05

RICHMOND, Va. - A link to Virginia's past was discovered Wednesday. Officials opened a time capsule from 1887.

It was found embedded in the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee statue that was removed months ago from Monument Avenue in Richmond.

A historic preservation team carefully opened the time capsule.

Among the items found: A rust-colored 1875 almanac, a cloth envelope and a silver coin. Most of the items were related to the Confederacy.

“A lot of people have worked together to remove these monuments that glorify those that fought for the institution of slavery. They don't need to be here. We want Richmond to be inclusive and welcoming and to include diversity. So, this is an exciting day for us,” said Gov. Ralph Northam.

“I'm determined to believe that yes, I think there is a copper box, and I fear it may be buried deep in the foundation under the pedestal.”

Historians believe the time capsule was placed on October 27, 1887. Records from the Library of Virginia suggest that 37 Richmond residents, organizations and businesses contributed about 60 objects to the capsule.

Related: City to remove time capsule from Downtown Norfolk Confederate monument site