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Northam seeks $25 million for 'historic justice' initiatives

Racial Injustice Lee Statue
Posted at 7:12 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 19:12:52-05

RICHMOND, Va.-- Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a proposal to spend $25 million to transform historical sites in Virginia, including the Richmond spot where a soaring statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became a focal point of protests against racism.

Northam said at a news conference Friday that nearly $11 million of the money would be used to reconstruct Richmond’s Monument Avenue, a historical boulevard that was lined with the Lee statue and other Confederate monuments for more than a century.

His budget proposal would require the approval of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.