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Proposed monument to Robert E. Lee at Libby Hill

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Libby Hill was first imagined as a grand monument to Robert E. Lee:

Erected in 1895 and designed by a committee led by veteran Wilfred Cutshaw, the monument shows an anonymous Confederate soldier atop a column. Cutshaw based this column on Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt, a monument to Roman Emperor Dioclecian’s victory over an Alexandrian revolt. Originally, Cutshaw had envisioned Libby Hill as the site of a grand public memorial to General Robert E. Lee. He believed a monument on this site would be prominently visible from most points in the city. Though not as grand as the Lee proposal, the current monument is still highly visible throughout the city, serving as a visual marker of the location of Libby Hill Park as well as a link to Monument Avenue downtown.

via Richmond’s Post-Industrial East End

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Don O'Keefe
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This is an amazing image.

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Rachel
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Rachel

Seems like one Robert E Lee monument in the city is enough. Not to mention that the monument of the ‘anonymous Confederate soldier’ is a really nice monument.

Bill 3
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Bill 3

Rachel I’m pretty sure this is just a historical piece.

Gordo
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Gordo

I dont know, it seems a little understated to me

Alex
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Alex

I’m onboard with this. Better than most of the proposed crap we’ve seen recently for that area.

Michael
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Michael

Looks like a great skate park or roller hockey court just like up in DC in front of the White House. Cutshaw was ahead of his time! LOL

JessOfRVA
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JessOfRVA

Y’all, this is a historical pic. It is not a proposed item.

Rachel
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Rachel

Bill 3, thank you. I am an idiot.

Quantious
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Quantious

Another Monument symboilizing how Richmond used to be like. Seems a lot of people wish it was still like that. Just sayin’

Bill 3
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Bill 3

No worries I thought the same thing until I read it a little closer!

Gordo
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Gordo

so, would Poes Pub be relocated to beneath the arches or what?

Curt Fritts
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Curt Fritts

Reading: It’s what’s for dinner, people.

Neighbor
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Neighbor

I don’t like it. It obstructs my view. Or it would have, had it been built and I had been alive back then and living on Church Hill. So someone start a petition.

katzenjaammer
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katzenjaammer

I’m thinking the R.E. Lee statue on Monument went up first, didn’t it?

Erik
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Erik

Does. No one. Actually. Read. Anymore…?

Gordo
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Gordo

At least it will block out those eyesore new buildings.