RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The last confederate statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue is set to come down on Wednesday, Sep. 8. As crews prepare to remove the massive statue from its pedestal, police are preparing to close the street to traffic on Wednesday. There will be designated viewing areas set up for pedestrians. Below are images from the area around the statue on the eve of its removal.
The removal comes over a year after protesters demanded the removal of the city’s Confederate monuments, as well as extensive police reforms. The Lee monument became a central rallying point and symbol of resistance after police fired tear gas into a peaceful crowd.