A second-time capsule was found at the site where the Robert E. Lee statue once stood, and researchers are not sure if the content of the copper box was affected by water or not.
The say of department director Julie Langan
According to the department director Julie Langan, a copper box, weighing 36 pounds and measuring 13.5 inches on two sides and 7.5 inches on the other, was found beneath the pedestal in a very moist place. The director said that it was too early to confirm whether the content of the box was safe from water or water had gotten into the box. According to Langan, the capsule was transferred to the Department of Historical Resources’ restoration lab, where conservators began to evaluate it. The conservators would figure out how the package was sealed and if the seal had been broken in the past. When the box was opened, the team would include two paper conservators. One more time capsule was found a few weeks before, but Langan and the others believed that some worker must have left it.
The first time a capsule was found from this place
According to a news release from Northam’s office, the first capsule was found on the 17th of December when the 40-foot pedestal was being removed from Monument Avenue in Richmond. In September, the 12-ton statue of Robert E. Lee riding on his horse was removed. The location became a focal point to all the protestors against racial justice. The first capsule was found in the tower of the pedestal. The building is about 20 feet tall. Two withered books, a coin, a cloth and the 1875 Almanac were all among the other items found in the box. According to historians, the first capsule was placed on the 27th of October, 1887.
Tweet of the Governor of Virginia
The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, tweeted on Monday, claiming that the researchers had found it. He applauded them for finding the capsule that everyone was looking for. He said that the box would be opened on Tuesday at 1 pm and that the conservators were studying the container thoroughly. He tweeted that after the X-rays that gave the first look inside the time capsule were completed, the experts said they believed there might be coins, books and buttons in the box. Experts have been very excited about ammunition from the Civil War.
The state will store the pedestal until officials decide what to do with the partial monument.