Ahead of a September 2017 rally on Monument Avenue, the Valentine shared some images from its collection from the late 1800s/early 1900s that show several of the statues during their construction and unveiling.
William "Bill" Martin, the director of the Valentine says, “These photos from the Valentine’s extensive archives depict several of the monuments on Monument Avenue as they were being installed or soon after. It’s important to remember that the first monument to appear, the Robert E. Lee equestrian sculpture, didn’t go up until May 1890, nearly 25 years after the Civil War. After the 1902 Constitution was signed, Richmond saw an explosion of monuments depicting Confederate leaders. As this important debate continues, the Valentine is eager to provide the historical context needed to have an informed and civil discussion about what exactly these monuments mean to us today."