RICHMOND, Va. — Editor's note: The video above is on file from Aug. 25, 2021.
A monument honoring Virginians who fought against slavery has been dedicated in the former capital of the Confederacy.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission unveiled its Emancipation and Freedom Monument to a rain-soaked audience at Brown’s Island on Wednesday.
Artist Thomas Jay Warren's creation features two 12-foot bronze figures, one of a newly freed man with chains broken from his wrists.
The other is a woman holding an infant in one arm and in her other hand a page that reads “January 1” and the Roman numerals representing 1863, the date that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect.
Editor's note: The video above is on file from Sept. 8, 2021.