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Northam seeks $25M for ‘historic justice’ initiatives

14 December 2020 News

By Denise Lavoie and Sarah Rankin | Published Dec. 11, 2020 6:35 p.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a proposal to spend $25 million to transform historical sites in Virginia, including the Richmond spot where a soaring statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became a focal point of protests against racism.

Northam said at a news conference Friday that nearly $11 million of the money would be used to reconstruct Richmond’s Monument Avenue, a historical boulevard that was lined with the Lee statue and other Confederate monuments for more than a century.

His budget proposal would require the approval of the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

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