A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was hoisted off its stone pedestal on Saturday morning. The removal of the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee statue follows years of contention, community anguish and legal fights.
A push for removal bubbled up in 2016. The monument then became a rallying cry for white supremacists and other racist groups, culminating in the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in which peaceful counterprotesterwas killed.
Crews have removed a statue of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as well.