US Largest Confederate Statue Removed Renee Nash September 8, 2021 at 11:16 am in In The News - Afternoon Headlines, In The News - Morning Headlines, NEWS Tweet (Wednesday, September 8, 2021) – After a year of lawsuits and a reckoning of racial justice, the monument of the Confederate general in Virginia is now gone. The 60-foot statue of Robert E. Lee was removed this morning in Richmond, ending its 131-year reign. Hundreds cheered and began singing, “Hey, hey, hey, goodbye! as a worker gave the countdown for the crane to lift the statue from its base. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and other state officials were on hand for the removal.