Ralph Northam

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 08: The statue of Robert E. Lee is lowered from its plinth at Robert E. Lee Memorial during its removal on September 8, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. The statue has towered over Monument Avenue since 1890. (Photo by Amr Alfiky, National Geographic-Pool/Getty Images)

Robert E. Lee statue torn down in Richmond, Va.

Workers in Richmond, Virginia got to work tearing down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that’s been standing for more than 130 years. The deconstruction began Wednesday morning after the state’s Supreme Court upheld two lower court rulings that called for the removal of the Civil War general’s statue.