RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The statue depicting Matthew Fontaine Maury on Richmond’s Monument Avenue has come down.
Sister Station 8News saw contractors parked near the statue around 9 a.m. and we were told Muray would be the next statue to come down per Mayor Levar Stoney’s orders. Shortly after 10 a.m., the Confederate statue had been removed.
During the Civil War, Maury was an officer in the Confederate navy. Before joining the Confederate navy, Maury was an oceanographer who studied wind currents and naval meteorology. Maury is often referred to as the father of modern oceanography.
The monument titled after Maury’s nickname “Pathfinder of the Seas” was unveiled in Richmond in 1929 and sits at Monument and Belmont avenues.
The Maury’s statue is the second Confederate statue to be removed this week. On Wednesday, Stoney ordered the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue despite Richmond City Council not being able to vote on the removal of city-owned Confederate statues.
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