The article above, taken from Chronicling America, was published on May 10, 1890.
And from the day after the unveiling:
The article above, taken from Chronicling America, was published on May 31, 1890.
"The South may revere the memory of its chieftains. It takes the wrong steps in doing so, and proceeds too far in every similar celebration.
It serves to retard its progress in the country and forges heavier chains with which to be bound. All is over." - Richmond Planet, May 31, 1890.
Read more about the Richmond Planet HERE.
UPDATE - just saw this - excellent coverage of the Richmond Planet and other Richmond newspapers and their coverage of the Lee Monument entitled "Complicated History: The Memorial to Robert E. Lee in Richmond," 27 July 2017, by Claire Johnson, Virginia Newspaper Project Intern. Great job by Ms. Johnson. This was posted on the Library of Virginia's Fit To Print blog on the library's Virginia Newspaper Project.
What should we do with the statutes and monuments of Monument Ave.? I suggest putting them in a park outside the city. Soon. - Ray.