Devon Henry, president and chief executive officer of the Newport News-based Team Henry Enterprises, hugs his mother, Freda Thornton, after the Lee statue came down on Wednesday. Mr. Henry’s company was responsible for the removal and disassembly of the statue for storage in an undisclosed secure location. He faced death threats after his company’s role in removing Richmond’s other Confederate statues in July 2020 was made public.
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The 131-year old, 12-ton bronze symbol of white supremacy honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue is taken down as scores watch in person and online
An empty pedestal covered with colorful anti-racist slogans. That’s all that remains of the state’s greatest symbol of white supremacy – the statue of the traitorous Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee riding his horse, Traveller.