Charlottesville removes Confederate statue near rally site

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FILE – This Sept. 2, 2020 file photo shows a bronze statue of an unnamed Confederate soldier, titled “At Ready,” stands outside of the Albemarle County Courthouse in Charlottesville, Va. A crowd cheered Saturday, Sept. 12, as workers removed the Confederate statue near the site of a violent white nationalist rally three years ago. The removal of a bronze figure of a Confederate soldier known as “At Ready” is seen in Charlottesville as a milestone in eliminating divisive symbols of the Civil War. (Erin Edgerton/The Daily Progress via AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A crowd cheered Saturday as workers in Charlottesville removed a Confederate statue near the site of a violent white nationalist rally three years ago.

The removal of a bronze figure of a Confederate soldier known as “At Ready” is seen in Charlottesville as a milestone in eliminating divisive symbols of the Civil War.

The process of removing the statue began Saturday morning as workers affixed straps to the 900-pound statute to prepare to remove it from its base.

A crowd of about 100 people cheered behind metal barricades as the figure was lifted from its pedestal and lowered to the ground.

The statue has been outside the Albermarle County courthouse for 111 years.

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