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Occupation at Robert E Lee Monument
Marcus David Peters Circle in Richmond VA
(Photo Credit Christopher Risch)
UPDATE WE WON - ROBERT E LEE was taken down Sept 8 2021.
The occupation at Robert E. Lee started May 27th 2020 and continued until Sept 8 2021 BLMOCCUPIERS did not leave Monument Ave until Robert E. Lee was taken down.
UPDATE - FENCE IS STILL UP AFTER LEE CAME DOWN.
The Fence - The fence surrounding Marcus Davis Peters Circle (MDPC) was put up on Jan 27th 2021 by Department of General Services (DGS.) Initially the intent of the fence was to protect the work site to remove the statue, once the decision was confirmed by the courts. However, an appeal was filed to Supreme Court of Virginia (SCOVA) which allowed the fence to remain until the case was heard. The case was heard and SCOVA confirmed the removal of Robert E Lee statue. The monument and pedestal has since been removed, yet the fence remains.
We believe the fence serves as a constant reminder that organic “Community Building,” is discouraged by city and state officials, and our systemic identity relies on division to draw power.