The opening of the 1887 time capsule took place

Governor Northam posted on social media the opening of the 1887 time capsule.

The capsule was found in the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee statue partially submerged in water.

The opening of the 36 pound copper box and preliminary examination of items took over two hours with a number of water damaged items found inside.

Items like books, money, ammunition and documents were removed from the box.

However the rumored photo of Abraham Lincoln after his death was not found.

Items like an 1865 edition of the Harper’s Weekly, buttons, musket balls, money, books including a bible, newspapers and a ribbon with Lee’s image were all readily identifiable.

The conservation team put the items in a safe environmentally controlled location for further future study.

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