A judge in Richmond said Confederate Gen. Robert E. Wright was the controversial statue of Virginia Ralph Northam. Lee has issued a restraining order.
The injunction prevented the removal of the statue for the next 10 days, and the government cited a party to an act registered in March 1890, agreeing to “genuinely protect” the monument and its 40-foot tower – and that their removal was “irreparable.” May harm ”.
The order states that it is in the public’s best interest to wait to hear the case before its statue is removed.
Nordham last week ordered the removal of the statue, which has become a focal point in the global unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The statue of Lee is one of the Confederate monuments in the South, demanding that residents be removed, arguing that they glorify white supremacy.
But Northam’s decree was immediately followed by William C. Wright. The case was challenged by Gregory, who describes the complaint as a descendant of two signatories.
“(Gregory’s) family has been proud of this statue for over 130 years on its family-owned land and transferred to the Commonwealth, guaranteeing the continued maintenance and preservation of Lee’s monument on a Commonwealth contract basis,” the lawsuit states.
Nordham spokesman Alena Yarmoski said in a statement that the governor’s administration is still reviewing the order.
“Governor Northam is determined to remove this divisive symbol from the capital of Virginia, and we believe in the power to do so,” he said.
The 21-foot statue has been heavily grafted during the recent protests in Richmond. On Monday, protesters presented Floyd’s face with the words “black life matter” on the pedestal.
It was one of five Confederate monuments flashing on Monument Avenue, a Tony residence in the heart of the Confederate capital during the Civil War.
The City Council of Richmond has unanimously approved the removal of all statues, The The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
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