An Emancipation Statue Debuts In Virginia Two Weeks After Robert E. Lee Was Removed

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The Emancipation and Freedom Monument — two 12-foot bronze statues of a man and a woman holding an infant newly freed from slavery — will be unveiled in Richmond, the former Confederate capital.
An Emancipation Statue Debuts In Virginia Two Weeks After Robert E. Lee Was Removed

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Two weeks after the 6-story-tall statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in Richmond, Va., the former confederate capital city will become home a new statue, this one commemorating the abolition of slavery.

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument — designed by Thomas Jay Warren, a sculptor based in Oregon — consists of two 12-foot bronze statues of a man and a woman holding an infant who have been newly freed from slavery. The statue's pedestal includes the names, images and stories of 10 Virginians who contributed to the struggle for freedom before and after emancipation, including Dred Scott, whose lawsuit led to the Supreme Court decision that persons of African descent were not U.S.…
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