A towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that is one of America’s largest monuments to the Confederacy was hoisted off its pedestal and removed Wednesday to cheers in Richmond, Virginia — where it has stood for over a century.
The 21-foot statue was removed with the help of a crane and a team of construction workers who had strapped a bright orange harness around the body of Lee and his horse.
Hundreds of people gathered nearby — including Black Lives Matter supporters — erupted into cheers as the statue was lifted off its pedestal.
Workers immediately started cutting the statue into pieces by taking a power saw to the general’s waist.
The statue was then taken off to an undisclosed location until officials can make a final decision on its fate.