1887 time capsule to be opened Wednesday in Richmond

Virginia News

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – After being discovered last week by crews who were disassembling the pedestal that formerly held the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Gov. Ralph Northam says the 1887 time capsule will be opened on Wednesday.

Workers found the time capsule approximately 20 feet above ground level inside of the pedestal’s tower.

Historians believe the time capsule was placed on Oct. 27, 1887.

Records from the Library of Virginia suggest that 37 residents of Richmond, as well as organizations and businesses, contributed about 60 objects to the capsule – many of which are believed to be related to the Confederacy.

The time capsule is slated to be opened at 12 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at the Department of Historic Resources Lab in Richmond.

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