January 29, 2023

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Disappointment from the "time capsule" under the ancient statue

Disappointment from the “time capsule” under the ancient statue

There is no portrait of President Lincoln in the state, but a builder who helped make the pedestal. The time capsule hidden under the statue of 134-year-old General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, America, doesn’t reveal any secrets (for now).

Envelope with a picture of a building, three books and a silver coin. These are the diminutive contents of the “time capsule” which is placed at the base under the statue of General Robert E. Lee. There was evidence that the time capsule contained a picture of President Lincoln’s corpse in the case.

The search for the capsule was difficult. Concrete has been poured into the pedestal’s lead box since 1887. Last Friday, scientists found the box. Then it was carefully opened. It took less than 5 hours to open the box – smaller than a shoebox. He. She super moment It was broadcast live on TV.

At once it turned out that the contents were less interesting than what the newspapers had expected from 1887: there were not sixty pieces in the box. The promised portrait of President Lincoln, who was assassinated in 1865, was not forthcoming. The only image in the capsule shows a construction worker who helped build a 40-foot (12 m) base. However, hope has not yet been completely buried. The search continues to see if no other time capsule is found.

Demolition work on the twelve meter high base
Photo: Reuters

The statue of General Robert E. Lee was demolished in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. Lee was the Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate States during the American Civil War in the nineteenth century. They advocated, among other things, the maintenance of slavery.

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Lee is one of the most controversial figures in American history. Over the past year, many of his statues have disappeared across the country under pressure from anti-racism demonstrations. In recent years, his statue in Richmond has also become a rallying point for demonstrations and the statue has been tarnished.

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The statue was defaced during the Black Lives Matter protests
Photo: Agence France-Presse