Virginia Capital Removes Its Last-Standing Confederate Statue

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The last-standing Confederate statue in Virginia's capital has been removed.

On Monday (December 12), a statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill was removed from its base in the city of Richmond, which served as the capital of the Confederacy for most of the Civil War, the Associated Press reports.

The city removed its other Confederate monuments in the wake of George Floyd's killing, which sparked a national racial reckoning in 2020. The removal of Hill's statue, however, proved to be more complicated as it sat above the general's remains.

In September, attorneys for Hill’s indirect descendants agreed to have his remains moved to a cemetery in Culpeper, near where the Confederate leader was born. Plaintiffs in the case argued that the statue's ownership should be transferred in hopes of moving it to a battlefield also located in Culpeper.

However, Circuit Court Judge David Eugene Cheek Sr. ruled the following month that city officials, and not descendants, would hold the decision of where the statue would go next.

The statue has been given to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

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