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A 130-year-old time capsule at the base of the statue

Workers dismantling the pedestal of the statue of a South Army general found a copper box on Monday. It is believed to have been buried 130 years ago, and a second apparent time capsule was excavated on-site.
“They found it!” Tweeted Virginia Governor Ralph Northam with a photo of the box. “This is probably the time capsule everyone was looking for.”
According to a 1887 newspaper article, the time capsule hidden in the base of the statue of General Robert E. Lee, who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, contained buttons, bullets, Army currency, maps, and rare things. It contained relics. Photographs of the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln’s casket and other items.
The box will be opened today, Northam said in a later tweet, adding that it was radiographed.
“Experts believe there may be coins, books, buttons, and even ammunition from the Civil War,” he said.
Another shoebox-sized container at the bottom of the statue was opened by parents last week, but it is clear that it was not the time capsule mentioned in the 1887 newspaper article.
It contained three soaked books, a photo of a sticky cloth envelope and a coin.
It seems that it was a souvenir left by some of the workers who built the statue for posterity.
The time capsule found on Monday is about twice as large.
The statue of Lee in Richmond, Virginia, the southern capital during the bloody conflict of 1861-65, was demolished in September, and is one of the southern military monuments in favor of slavery? It was removed in the moon.
The statue became the focus of protests against racial justice last year after the death of a black man, George Floyd, who was killed by a white Minnesota police officer.
During the Civil War, the South Army withdrew from the United States and fought to maintain slavery, which was abolished by the rest of the country.



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