A group of demonstrators toppled the statue of a Confederate General in the the former capital of the Confederacy late last night, following a day of mostly peaceful protests in the city.
The statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was knocked from its foundation in Monroe Park, a Richmond police spokeswoman said. She said she did not know if any arrests had been made, or how much permanent damage was done to the statue.
A rope had been tied around the Confederate statue, which has stood since 1891, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, adding that someone had also urinated on the statue after it was pulled down. Photos and video from the newspaper showed what appeared to be red paint sprayed on the statue.
Last week, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced his plans to remove the Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue, which include statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Gen. Stonewall Jackson, and J.E.B. Stuart. Those statues sit on city land, unlike the Lee statue, which is on state property.
Mayor Stoney said he would introduce an ordinance on July 1st to have the statues removed. That is when a new law goes into effect, which was signed earlier this year by Northam, that undoes an existing state law protecting Confederate monuments and instead lets local governments decide how they should handle it.
Wickham’s statue stood in Monroe Park, about a mile away from the Lee statue and surrounded by the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.