Richmond, VA's Monument Avenue Has Been Reclaimed By The Community : Consider This from NPR Monument Avenue is a large, tree-lined street in Richmond, Virginia that used to have several confederate statues and monuments. In the wake of protests against racism and police brutality, the city has removed most of them. But a monument of Robert E. Lee still stands — for now.

Even before the statues started coming down, WVTF's Mallory Noe-Payne reports that Richmond residents began reclaiming the space where it stands.

And historian Julian Hayter tells NPR's Scott Simon there's a way for confederate statues to tell a different story.

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The Fight Over Confederate Statues, And How They Could Tell Another Story

The Fight Over Confederate Statues, And How They Could Tell Another Story

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Protesters display the letters "BLM" for Black Lives Matter and the face of George Floyd on a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, VA on June 18, 2020. Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters display the letters "BLM" for Black Lives Matter and the face of George Floyd on a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, VA on June 18, 2020.

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Monument Avenue is a large, tree-lined street in Richmond, Virginia that used to have several confederate statues and monuments. In the wake of protests against racism and police brutality, the city has removed most of them. But a monument of Robert E. Lee still stands — for now.

Even before the statues started coming down, WVTF's Mallory Noe-Payne reports that Richmond residents began reclaiming the space where it stands.

And historian Julian Hayter tells NPR's Scott Simon there's a way for confederate statues to tell a different story.

Find and support your local public radio station.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott, Lee Hale and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Sami Yenigun and Beth Donovan with fact-checking from Anne Li. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.