RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Museum of History and Culture could soon be home to a Robert E. Lee statue from the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol.
On August 14, Julie Langan, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, wrote a letter to the museum requesting they accept the statue once it’s removed from the collection in Washington, D.C.
Back in July, Governor Ralph Northam submitted a request to the Architect of the U.S. Capitol asking for the immediate removal of the statue.
According to Langan’s letter, the Commission of Historical Statues in the U.S. Capitol is still waiting for a response on Northam’s request. Langan said she is confident the response will happen in the near future but she can’t predict when.
Prior to the removal, the ownership of the statue will be given to the state of Virginia, allowing the transfer to the museum in Richmond.
The President and CEO of the VMHC, Jamie O. Bosket responded to Langan’s letter on Tuesday saying they agree to accept the Confederate statue.
“Given the history of the statue’s creation, its placement at the U.S. Capitol in 1909, and the history
of its removal in 2020, we believe this to be an artifact of historical importance,” Bosket said.
According to Bosket, the statue will “fulfill representation of the historical moments noted above as
part of our extensive collection of materials that speak to the ever-evolving story of the
Commonwealth of Virginia.”
However, there is a possibility that the statue will not be displayed at the museum.
“It is also important to note that we would accept this object into our collection as an unrestricted gift from the Commonwealth without obligation related to its use or display,” Bosket wrote.
The Commonwealth will take care of the cost to transport the Lee statue from the nation’s capital to the museum.
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