RICHMOND, Va. — Work crews have removed a second Confederate monument in Richmond as the city rushes to take down statues that have long been seen as symbols of slavery and oppression.
A crowd cheered Thursday morning as a crane lifted a statue of Navy officer Matthew Fontaine Maury from its base.
His statue was removed a day after crews took down a statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson on an order from Mayor Levar Stoney to remove all Confederate statues on city land.
The Maury statue, unveiled in 1929, depicts Maury seated in a chair with a large globe above him. It was the last of five Confederate monuments erected on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue.
Maury headed the coast, harbor and river defenses for the Confederate Navy.