Robert E. Lee statue, Virginia’s largest Confederate monument, to be removed this week

Richmond’s Robert E. Lee statue will come down on Wednesday, days after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the state could remove the 60-foot-tall monument.

Why it matters: The 130-year-old statue is “Virginia’s largest monument to the Confederate insurrection,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said in a statement Monday. “This is an important step in showing who we are and what we value as a Commonwealth.”

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