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State inspects Lee Monument to ensure safe removal

In this photo taken with a drone, a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The crowd protesting police brutality chanted "Tear it down." (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
In this photo taken with a drone, a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The crowd protesting police brutality chanted "Tear it down." (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(WDBJ)
Published: Jun. 8, 2020 at 8:50 AM EDT
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The Department of General Services inspected the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond Monday to ensure safe removal.

State officials say they need some time to plan the removal.

“This is an old and heavy piece. The massive statue weighs approximately 12 tons, stands 21 feet tall, and has been on a 40-foot pedestal for 130 years. Meticulous planning is required to remove an aging monument of this size and scale safely."

The department says it is working with public safety agencies to secure the area so crews can work. To ensure the safety of statue removal workers, neighbors and everyone exercising their First Amendment rights, DGS asks for cooperation and patience throughout the process.

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