Richmond Takes Down Its Last Public Confederate Statue

December 12, 2022

The city of Richmond, VA has removed its last remaining public Confederate statue. 

Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy during most of the Civil War. 

On Monday, a crane was used to lift the statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill from its base. Minutes later it was hauled away on a bed of tires on a flatbed truck from where it had stood in the middle of a busy intersection. 

The body of the General remains interred beneath the now-empty base. In September, Hill’s indirect descendants agreed to have his remains moved to a cemetery in Culpepper, near where he was born. 

The statue is set to be given to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. 

The removal of Hill’s statue comes more than two years after protests over the killing of African American George Floyd by police in Minnesota sparked mass protests across the country. Hill’s was the final of several Confederate monuments to be removed in the city of Richmond.

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