Virginia High Court Rules Governor Can Remove Robert E. Lee Statue
September 8, 2021
By Emily Zantow - The Washington Times
Gov. Northam says removal of 12-ton Richmond icon will be a multiday process
The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled Thursday that Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam can remove a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that became a focal point during racial justice protests last year in Richmond.
The high court agreed with a circuit court ruling that restrictive covenants in two transfer of ownership deeds from 1887 and 1890 do not bar the governor from taking down the 21-foot bronze statue depicting the Virginia-born military commander on a horse.