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Group sues to prevent removal of Lee statue from Monument Avenue in Richmond

RICHMOND — A small group of residents seeking to keep the state's giant statue of Robert E. Lee standing on Monument Avenue filed an appeal Monday with the Supreme Court of Virginia, arguing that a lower-court judge erred in ruling that Gov. Ralph Northam (D) could remove the figure.

The filing came hours after the Northam administration had workers erect metal fencing around the statue, saying it was preparing to take Lee down if the high court cleared the way.

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