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Virginia reaches deal to transfer Richmond Confederate monuments to Black History Museum

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A deal has been reached between Virginia officials and the city of Richmond to transfer ownership of Confederate monuments to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced the agreement on Thursday, stating in a press release that a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and its 40-foot tall pedestal will be among the removed monuments transferred to the museum. Work is still underway to remove the pedestal, which is now covered in graffiti and other "Black Lives Matter" protest art, the release stated.

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