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Statue honoring fallen Virginia Infantry soldiers toppled in Richmond park

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 03:25:10-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue honoring the fallen soldiers of the First Regiment of Virginia Infantry in Richmond has been pulled down, the fifth statue to meet such an end in the city since protests began three weeks ago.

The statue stood on a pedestal in Meadow Park, which is about two blocks to the southwest of the Robert E. Lee Statue.

The plaques on the pedestal said the regiment was formed in 1754 with former President George Washington serving as its Lieutenant-Colonel.

It added the regiment fought in seven American Wars, including the Civil War when they served in the Confederate Army.

The other statues that have been pulled down in Richmond are the Howitzers Monument near VCU, the statue of Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue, the statue of Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park, and the statue of General Williams Carter Wickham in Monroe Park.

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