Richmond’s ‘Shrub Street’ circle landscaping done after fence removal

(Yes, I rewrote their headline. And I no longer call it Monument Avenue. It is now ‘SHRUB STREET’ cause that’s all there is other than the typical signs of post-modern decay. No need to follow the blather past the pay wall on this one.. – DD)

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(Star Exponent) – On Tuesday, Richmond crews removed the concrete barriers and 8-foot fence surrounding the land that once hosted the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

With around 6,000 plants and 28 trees already placed inside the circle, the barrier removals cleared the way for the city to finalize its temporary landscaping plan.

The Lee statue had stood largely undisturbed after it was unveiled in 1890. But just months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the statue became covered in graffiti by protestors rallying against police brutality and racial inequalities.

Protestors worked on reclaiming the space around the monument, turning it into their own version of a community center.

Some began referring to Lee Circle as Marcus-David Peters Circle, a nod to the teacher and Virginia Commonwealth University alum who was shot and killed by Richmond police during a mental health crisis in 2018…

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