‘Great relief’ at planned removal of Robert E. Lee statue: Virginia senator

Virginia’s governor has ordered the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from the centre of Richmond, in a move that one Democratic senator says brings “great relief.”

The monument to the Confederate general has towered over visitors to Richmond, Va., a former capital of the Confederacy, for nearly 130 years. But on Thursday, Virginia governor Ralph Northam said his state should no longer preach a “false version of history.”

“It was a surprise but also a great relief, as if a burden that I didn’t fully realize was there has been lifted off my shoulder,” said Democratic state senator Jennifer McClellan.