New capsule installed within pedestal where Lee statue stood

RICHMOND,Va. (AP) — Workers at the site in Richmond, Virginia, where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was taken down this week have installed a new time capsule within the statue’s massive pedestal.

A state government official confirmed the installation was completed Saturday morning.

It contains remembrances of current events, including those related to COVID-19 and protests over racial injustice.

The new capsule was installed after efforts to locate an 1887 capsule inside the pedestal were suspended.

The statue was taken down Wednesday, almost a week after the Virginia Supreme Court cleared the way with a decision.

The pedestal will remain in place for now.

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