The statue of Robert L. Lee that stands on Richmond, Virginia’s Monument Avenue on Wednesday will be cut into multiple pieces and then shipped for storage at Goochland Women’s Correctional Institute located in Goochland, Virginia, WRIC ABC-8 Richmond reports.
The 12-ton statue is being removed from the famous street in Richmond as local governments, many in the South, come to terms with the fact that the Confederates lost the war. Lee will undergo another humility as his carved-up visage sits in a warehouse in Goochland, much as Lee was humiliated in life by having his family’s plantation designated as a graveyard for Union soldiers.
Lee’s statue will be cut in half at the waist; the legs of the horse he’s riding will be removed; and the torso of the statue will be taken apart with a blowtorch. The fate of the pieces of the statue, which will be stored at Goochland, is not yet determined.