(FixThisNation.com) – Robert E. Lee’s, a Confederate General, statue which had previously been located in Charlottesville, Virginia was melted down in secret during a ceremony.
The statue which had led to the “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia had reportedly been melted down during the ceremony in a way that had ensured the safety of all those who participated. According to a report from the Washington Post, the statue had been melted using a “2,250-degree furnace.” The material is going to be transformed into a new piece of art that will be placed in a public area.
The footage from the secret enemy which shows the general being melted has gone viral across social media.
The Washington Post in their report noted that the material from the melting down of the statue was going to be used for the creation of public art through a project called “Swords Into Plowshares.” Jalane Schmidt, a religious studies professor from the University of Virginia is leading the project along with Andrea Douglas, the executive director of Charlottesville’s Black history museum. The city’s residents have been invited to propose ideas on what the new sculpture should be.
The report noted that because of concerns stemming from “past threats” and the possibility of legal action they had attempted to keep the project a secret until now.
During the ceremony for the destruction of the statue, Rev. Isaac Collins, a United Methodist minister delivered a sermon. Previously he had claimed that it was sinful for monuments to exist that celebrated those who had participated in the Confederacy.
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