Richmond's Lee statue set to be cut up, reassembled elsewhere as part of removal

Posted at 11:41 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 11:51:02-04

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Commonwealth plans to remove the large statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond’s Monument Avenue by cutting it into three sections and then reassembling it elsewhere.

The statue’s removal still depends on a court’s approval, AP reports. But in the meantime, the state has been figuring out how it could deconstruct the sculpture.

A state review board recently approved a plan that calls for a crane to remove the 21-foot statue from its 40-foot pedestal.

The bronze statue would then be taken apart because it's too tall to go under bridges. A conservation firm said the entire process will leave “little evidence of cutting and reassembly.”

Because of a lawsuit, the planned removal of Richmond’s Lee statue has been blocked at least temporarily by a court injunction,

An amended complaint lays out the family history of the plaintiff — a descendant of a couple who were among the grantors of the land the statue now sits on, which eventually became state property.

The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff, 69-year-old William C. Gregory, would face “irreparable harm” if the statue were removed.