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Virginia to remove statue of Confederate hero Robert E. Lee on Wednesday

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By Brendan O’Brien (Reuters) – A Virginia statue of Confederate Civil War General Robert E. Lee, a focus of protests over racial injustice, is scheduled to be removed on Wednesday after a year-long legal battle over its future. Crews are due in the morning to begin taking down the 21-foot (6.4-meter) bronze statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, a former Confederacy capital, state officials said in a statement. The figure depicts Lee in military attire atop his horse. The statue, installed in 1890, sits on a 40-foot (12.2-meter) granite pedestal. The towering memorial is one of the largest Con…

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