Judge to weigh arguments on fate of Richmond’s Lee statue

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Crews are installing concrete barriers around the statue

Workers for The Virginia Department of General Services install concrete barriers around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Wednesday

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge in Richmond is expected to hear arguments over whether to extend a temporary prohibition on the removal of a prominent, historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A circuit court judge issued a 10-day injunction June 8 prohibiting Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from taking down the bronze equestrian statue. It sits on Monument Avenue, a prestigious residential boulevard in the former capital of the Confederacy. Northam announced the statue would be removed following protests over the death of George Floyd. A lawsuit seeking to stop such a move was filed by a descendant of donors involved in transferring the statue to the state over a century ago.

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