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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
Don O'Keefe
6 years ago

This is an amazing image.

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Veronica Tyson
6 years ago

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Mark Kronenthal
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Rachel
Rachel
6 years ago

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
Bill 3
6 years ago

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

Gordo
Gordo
6 years ago

I dont know, it seems a little understated to me

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

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

Michael
Michael
6 years ago

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
JessOfRVA
6 years ago

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

Rachel
Rachel
6 years ago

Bill 3, thank you. I am an idiot.

Quantious
Quantious
6 years ago

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

Bill 3
Bill 3
6 years ago

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

Gordo
Gordo
6 years ago

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

Curt Fritts
Curt Fritts
6 years ago

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

Neighbor
Neighbor
6 years ago

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
katzenjaammer
6 years ago

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

Erik
Erik
6 years ago

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

Gordo
Gordo
6 years ago

At least it will block out those eyesore new buildings.

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