Work is set to begin this week on moving the last Confederate-era monument owned by the city of Richmond after a judge rejected a request to keep the statue of General A.P. Hill prominently displayed in the U.S. state capital of Virginia. Associated Press.
The judge rejected an appeal by four heirs of the slain Civil War general Hill, who asked that plans to move the monument be halted. Although the removal of the monument from a busy intersection in Richmond is scheduled to begin today, it is unclear whether it will be fully completed by the end of the week, the city’s deputy chief of public administration said on a local television channel.
Richmond, which was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, two years ago began removing many monuments related to that period. This came amid protests demanding racial justice following the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by white police officers. Among the famous monuments removed was an imposing statue of General Stonewall Jackson, removed in 2020 from its concrete pedestal on one of the city’s central boulevards.
Richmond city officials decided to move the monuments to the Black History Museum. Attempts to remove the statue of General Hill have been complicated, however, because in 1891 the general’s remains were buried under the monument and they also had to be moved.
Richmond has already spent $1.8 million to relocate city-owned monuments, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. Many statues of Confederate heroes were placed in the decades after the Civil War, during the Jim Crow period when some states introduced new segregation laws, and during the Lost Cause movement when historians and publicists tried to describe the rebellion of The South as a struggle to defend states’ rights, not slavery.