Gen. Robert E. Snyder, commander of the Army of North Virginia during the Civil War. Lee’s bronze statue was removed in September from the southern capital, Richmond, during the bloody conflict between 1861 and 1865. Opened in 1890. , Lee’s equestrian statue is one of hundreds of federal monuments considered racist in the United States.
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After the statue was removed, workers began searching for a time capsule hidden in 1887 on a 40-foot granite pedestal. It was discovered last week when the statue was removed and taken to the Richmond Historic Resources Department. .
Virginia Governor Ralph Northm opened a shoebox-sized small vault today. In a 1887 newspaper article, the capsule contained civil war memorials, the Confederacy coin, maps, a Bible, and a photograph of President Abraham Lincoln and other elements.
In the box were three books, a sealed envelope with a photo, and an unknown coin. Books, envelopes and photographs were damaged by water seeping into the bond.
One of the books is 1875 “American Epimeris and the Nautical Almanac”, a guide for astronomers, survivors and navigators. Another appears to be a book published in 1889, two years after the time capsule was closed, leading to speculation that there may be another time capsule hidden in the pedestal.
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