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Search to resume for 1887 time capsule under Lee monument

Discovery of a copper box by crew members working to disassemble the pedestal of the Lee statue...
Discovery of a copper box by crew members working to disassemble the pedestal of the Lee statue in Richmond (FILE)(NBC12)
Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 10:11 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The spot in Richmond, Virginia, where a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee once stood is now just a pile of rubble. But workers will continue their search for a famed 1887 time capsule that was said to be buried under the massive monument.

State conservators pried open a lead box that some had hoped was the time capsule Wednesday. But they didn’t find the expected trove of objects inside. Instead, conservators found a few books, a coin and an envelope.

A local historian believes the box was left by someone involved in the monument’s construction.

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