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Robert E. Lee Statue Will Remain Standing in Richmond Through October Trial

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The Robert E. Lee Monument stands on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 26 August 2020 01:55 PM

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will remain standing in Richmond, Virginia, until at least October, The Richmond-Times Dispatch reports.

A judge set a trial date of Oct. 19, which is when a group of residents will duke it out with  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in a court room over whether the statue should stay in place or be removed.

In July, a state board unanimously voted to remove the 11-ton bronze statue erected in 1890. The vote came after Northam called for the monument to be removed in June. 

As people protest and call for racial justice, the statue has been vandalized. Across the country, statues of Confederate soldiers and leaders have been removed from public display.

Upon the decision to remove the statue, a group of residents challenged the decision. On Tuesday, Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant issued a seven-page ruling allowing the suit to move forward this fall, according to the newspaper.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring had filed a motion to dismiss the suit. Herring’s spokeswoman Charlotte Gomer told the newspaper that Herring will continue to back the governor’s efforts to remove the statue from state-owned land on Monument Avenue.

"Attorney General Herring remains committed to ensuring this divisive and antiquated relic of a bygone era is removed as quickly as possible," Gomer said.

Other Confederate monuments located on the street have already been removed.

Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, told the newspaper that the “judge is being careful and trying to treat everyone fairly and resolve the dispute.”

"The process grinds slowly sometimes," he said, adding no matter the decision, the loser will likely appeal. If that happens, the case could be sent to the Virginia Supreme Court.

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