Robert E Lee statue removed from US Capitol, Virginia governor says

A Robert E. Lee statue that stood for more than 100 years in the U.S. Capitol has been removed, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Monday.

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Statues celebrating confederate leaders, or historic leaders with ties to slavery, have become a focal point for activists in wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

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According to Northam, the statue, which was presented alongside a George Washington statue in 1909, was taken down overnight.

A state commission recently voted on replacing Lee's statue with one honoring civil rights leader Barbara Johns.

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Virginia’s General Assembly must still vote to approve Johns’ statue.

Virginia Congresswoman Jennifer Wexler and Senator Tim Kaine were on hand to witness its removal.