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.


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