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Richmond Conservators Open Time Capsule Found in Robert E Lee Statue

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  • Robert E. Lee
    General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States

Conservators in Richmond, Virginia, examined objects from an 1887 time capsule buried in the pedestal of a Robert E Lee statue on Tuesday, December 28.

Footage livestreamed by the Governor of Virginia shows Katherine Ridgway, an archaeological conservator from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and her team removing books, money, ammunition, and documents from the 36-pound capsule, according to local media.

The statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee was removed from its pedestal in Richmond – the capital of the Confederacy – on September 8.

An earlier capsule was also discovered when the statue was being dismantled, however, it was likely placed there by workers involved in the construction of the statue. The items discovered in the second capsule were of more historical significance and generated more public interest, WALB reported.

According to the Library of Virginia’s records, dozens of Richmond residents, organizations, and businesses contributed about 60 objects, including Confederate memorabilia, to the capsule, WALB reported. Credit: Governor of Virginia via Storyful

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