Robert E. Lee statue cut in half, taken to Goochland Women’s Correctional Center

Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Following the state’s removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Wednesday, the statue pieces will be temporarily kept in a neighboring county, according to a source with direct knowledge of the plans.

Preparations including street closures and other security measures started Tuesday night. The actual removal of Lee will happened Wednesday morning.

Large portions of the area around the monument, including portions of Monument Avenue and North Allen Avenue are completely closed off to allow crews to work on the removal.

The massive bronze statue was taken down and then cut into two pieces. A source told 8News on Tuesday that the Lee statue would be cut at the waist.

There are eight “pins” holding the statue up on the base. The statue was taken down and then sawed in half.

The statue pieces were taken to the Goochland Women’s Correctional Center on State Route 6 for temporary storage.

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