A massive statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was removed from a park in Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday.
The sculpture — depicting Jackson on horseback — was taken down by work crews just hours after Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered all Confederate statues be removed from city land.
Stoney said the decree in the onetime capital of the Confederacy is “long overdue.”
“Those statues stood high for over 100 years for a reason, and it was to intimidate and to show black and brown people in this city who was in charge,” the mayor said.
“I think the healing can now begin in the city of Richmond.”
Several hundred people were on site to witness the removal of Jackson’s statue, cheering when work crews lifted the monument from its concrete base using a giant crane.
“This is long overdue,” said Brent Holmes, who is black. “One down, many more to go.”
The Jackson statue is the latest Confederate symbol to be removed in the US since racial injustice and police brutality protests erupted five weeks ago over the police killing of George Floyd.
Richmond resident, Eli Swann, said he’s been protesting since “Day 1” was felt an “overwhelming sense of gratitude” to see Jackson’s statue taken down.
“I’ve been out here since Day 1,” Swann said. “We’ve been seeing the younger people out here, just coming and constantly marching and asking for change. And now finally the change is coming about.”
With Post wires