Statue of ex-Confederate admiral Matthew Maury removed in Richmond


EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY – A passerby walks past the pedestal where the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was removed on Monument Avenue, Thursday July 2, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews have removed a second Confederate statue in Richmond, a monument to Navy officer and scientist Matthew Fontaine Maury.

A crowd cheered Thursday morning as a crane pulled a statue of Maury from its base, a day after crews removed a statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson on an order from Mayor Levar Stoney to remove all Confederate statues on city land.

The Maury statue, unveiled in 1929, depicts Maury seated in a chair with a large globe above him. It was the last of five Confederate monuments erected on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue.

The Matthew Maury statue in Richmond, Virginia is set to be removed on July 2, 2020. (Photo: 8News Reporter Autumn Childress)

Maury was a leader in the fields of naval meteorology and navigation. He headed the coast, harbor and river defenses for the Confederate Navy.

Maury’s name appears in several other locations across the state, including Maury High School in Norfolk and James Madison University’s Maury Hall. Movements have been started to change the names at both sites.

Related: Norfolk school board considering renaming three schools named for members of the Confederacy

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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