Lee, Robert Edward

In 2017, after the violence that occurred at the Unite the Right rally, significant outrage and debate occurred relating to the monuments including the Lee statue in both Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia.

Both statues have been removed.

Following Black Lives Matter protests in June, the traffic circle where the statue stands was unofficially updated with a sign that reads “Welcome to Beautiful Marcus-David Peters Circle, Liberated by the People MMXX” (after Marcus-David Peters, a Black man from Richmond who was shot and killed by the police in 2018).

In October 2020 The New York Times wrote that the defaced monument was deemed among the most influential American protest artworks since World War II.

On september 8, 2021 the statue was removed.

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