The statue, which stood in the middle of an intersection in northern Richmond, also contained the remains of Hill. The delayed removal of the statue had to do with the complex nature of removing the structure from the intersection while properly removing his remains.
Hill’s remains will go to a cemetery in his hometown of Culpeper, per the request of his descendants, while the statue is set to be donated to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, per the Associated Press.
Confederate statues have been a contentious topic for decades, and several cities and states have recently removed the memorials to those who fought against the Union in the Civil War. In September, a panel recommended the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery be removed for being “problematic from top to bottom.”