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1890 Richmond newspaper coverage about the Lee monument

01 Dec

The History Honor Society is hosting a talk by guest speaker Dr. John Coski, chief historian for the American Civil War Museum, on the topic of “Confederate symbols and the future of old monuments.”

If you’ve wondered what contemporary newspaper coverage of the monuments was like in Richmond back then, here are a few newspaper issues from May 1890, the month that the Lee monument was erected. At this time, three of the newspapers published in Richmond were The Richmond Dispatch, The Richmond Planet, and The Times. As you might anticipate, there’s a stark contrast between coverage of this topic in the Dispatch and the Times compared to its coverage in the Planet.

  • The Richmond Dispatch, May 8, 1890 – article on p. 1 about the monument arriving in Richmond and being hand-pulled to the place where it now stands
  • The Richmond Planet, May 10, 1890 – report from editor on page 1 about the monument’s arrival in Richmond
  • The Richmond Dispatch, May 29, 1980 – extensive coverage of the monument’s dedication and related topics
  • The Times, May 29, 1890 – extensive coverage of the monument’s dedication and related topics
  • The Richmond Planet, May 31, 1890 – report from the editor on page. 1 about the monument’s dedication

You can access additional historical newspapers via Chronicling America (Library of Congress) or the Virginia Chronicle (Library of Virginia).  Other Confederate statues on Monument Avenue were erected in the following years:

  • Davis – 1907
  • Jackson – 1919
  • Maury – 1929
  • Stuart – 1907
 
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