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Photos: Lee is Down

Due to restrictions on where you could stand we only caught the landing of Lee, not the takeoff.

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After years of commanding Monument Avenue Robert E. Lee was pulled down from his pedestal this morning. As we left he was being cut into sections to be hauled out of the city.

Studio Two Three was on hand and was responsible for the “Giddy Up Loser” graphic you see above.

Previous Monument Removals

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Lee Monument to Come Down on Wednesday

The press release states that there will be limited viewing spots available.

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Road closure begin today and will last through Thursday as the State takes down the last civil war monument on Monument Avenue. The statues will be removed on Wednesday and then on Thursday crews will come back and remove the plaques from the base of the monument and replace the time capsule. The 40-foot base will remain in place for now as the state decides how to deal with the public space.

Once the statue is hoisted off the pedestal, it’s expected to be cut into two pieces for transport, although the final plan is subject to change, said Dena Potter, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of General Services.

Limited viewing opportunities will be available on a first‐come, first‐serve basis but for those that can’t make it down the removal will also be livestreamed through the governor’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, both of which have the handle of @governorVA.

For those thinking of taking their drones out to view the takedown, a word of warning from the VA Capitol Police Twitter.

Per an order from the FAA, drones are temporarily banned over and near the Robert E. Lee monument site. The ban, which covers a 2-nautical-mile radius around the statue, took effect at one minute past midnight Tuesday morning and is to remain in place until 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

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Va. Supreme Court clears way for removal of Lee monument in Richmond

In two opinions issued Thursday, the Court denied challenges by a small group of neighbors and an heir to the family that initially granted the land for the monument.

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By Ned Oliver

The Supreme Court of Virginia cleared the way Thursday for Gov. Ralph Northam to remove the Lee Monument in Richmond, one of the largest Confederate memorials in the state.

In two opinions issued Thursday, the Court denied challenges by a small group of neighbors and an heir to the family that initially granted the land for the monument.

Northam announced he planned to take down the state-owned memorial in June 2020.

This is a breaking news update and will be updated as the situation develops.

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Community Vaccination Hubs to Open in September

“These small hubs allow for folks to learn about events through word of mouth…communities know where we will be.” – Joanna Cirillo, Public Health Nurse Supervisor at RHHD

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From the Richmond Health District:

Starting in September, Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) will open four COVID-19 vaccination hubs that will each operate weekly in the coming months. These four small hubs will supplement RHHD’s ongoing pop up events in partnership with large employers, faith communities, community organizations, and more.

The opening of the four hubs follows the closing of RHHD’s last mass vaccination site at George Wythe High School earlier this month. Hubs are located in Richmond’s downtown and southside and in eastern and western Henrico to provide access to multiple communities.

“What we learned throughout our vaccination efforts so far is that a combination of clinics at stable locations and pop up events with community outreach is helpful in creating vaccine access,” explains Joanna Cirillo, Public Health Nurse Supervisor at RHHD. “These small hubs allow for folks to learn about events through word of mouth…communities know where we will be.”

The clinic locations and times are as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm (first clinic on September 7th): Second Baptist Church (3300 Broad Rock Blvd)
  • Wednesdays, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: Henrico Recreation Center (1440 N Laburnum Ave)
  • Thursdays, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: RHHD Downtown Location (400 E Cary St)
  • Fridays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm: RHHD Henrico West Location (8600 Dixon Powers Dr)

To learn more about all available COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, visit vax.rchd.com.

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