Civil War general's statue removed in Virginia

Authorities in the US State of Virginia removed a monument of the Civil War on Wednesday. The statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stood above the city of Richmond for more than 130 years.

Lee left the US Army at the dawn of the war to lead Confederate forces. Richmond was once the capital of the south. For many residents, Lee's statue provided a daily reminder of slavery.

The murder, last year, of George Floyd sparked a national debate about racism and its symbols. Virginia's Democratic governor ordered the statue to be removed. But his order got held up in the courts, until now.

Nationwide, more than 300 symbols of the Confederacy and white supremacy have been taken down over the last several years.