RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Crews working at the former Robert E. Lee memorial in Virginia have located what they believe is a time capsule from 1887, according to Brian Dickerson of Dickerson Construction.
The time capsule was found at 11:41 a.m. and weighed at least 30 pounds, twice as much another time capsule opened last week, according to Kate Ridgway, State Director of Archeology Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Ridgway said the bronze time capsule is located in the northeast corner of the pedestal under the stele and it has been soaked in acidic water for some time. They have yet to see an inscription on the box.
Governor Ralph Northam tweeted, “They found it! This could be the time period everyone is looking for. Conservators are working on it — stay tuned for the next steps! (Will not be open today)”
The time capsule opened last week is not the one mentioned in the historical documents.
An article in Richmond Magazine from 2017 tells the story of the time capsule and the items believed to be inside, including an irreplaceable artifact related to President Abraham Lincoln.
The Robert E. Lee monument is the largest Confederate statue in the United States and the last to be removed from Richmond’s Avenue of Monuments in September 2021. Although the state has announced intentions removing the statue in 2020, the plans were entangled in legal disputes for more than a year before the Virginia Supreme Court sided with Governor Northam and cleared the way for the statue’s removal.
Governor Northam announced on December 17 that construction crews removing the Robert E. Lee pedestal from Monument Avenue had identified the historic site. An earlier attempt to locate the ship in September of this year was unsuccessful, and after a day of searching, the working teams abandoned their attempt and moved forward with plans to bury a ship. New time capsule.
The new time capsule items are the result of a statewide effort to include images and artifacts relevant to our times – an expired vial of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, cloth Kente wore at the 400th anniversary in 1619, an Equal Rights Amendment belt and a photograph of a black ballerina in front of the Robert E. Lee Monument.
Ridgeway says that the stone weighs 3,000 pounds and that 632 of the stones have been removed, tagged and will be preserved. She also noted that the governor’s office will coordinate the opening of the time window.
Sabrina Shutters of WRIC contributed to this report.
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