Several days after the unbolting of the most important statue denounced as a racist symbol in the United States, the mystery thickened on Friday September 10 around an enigmatic “time capsule”, which would have been placed in the base of the monument celebrating the Commander of the Southerners.
This time capsule, supposed to contain objects or documents intended for future generations, must have been located in the gigantic freestone pedestal which supported the statue of General Robert Lee, head of the Confederate army during the Civil War (1861-1865 ).
A photo of Lincoln in his coffin
Expectations were particularly high over a photo that allegedly showed President Abraham Lincoln in his coffin, a snapshot billed as a historic bombshell that could panic the collector market.
The equestrian statue, erected in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederates in the state of Virginia, was debunked Wednesday, September 8, in a context of questioning of the slavery past of the United States. General Lee fought with the Southern States with the objective in particular of preserving slavery, abolished in the North.
Mobilizing a whole team of workers, experts and archaeologists, Thursday was devoted to searching for the mysterious, possibly copper box, as instructed by the Democratic Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam. The massive blocks forming the pedestal – some weighing several tons – were one after another disjointed and moved using mechanical devices. But, at the end of 12 hours of excavations, the searches remained … unsuccessful.
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