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An 1865 newspaper clipping and a second time capsule bible found at the former site of the statue of Robert E. Lee were removed.




Among the articles inside was an 1865 issue of Harper’s Weekly magazine with a clear picture of a weeping figure on the tomb of Abraham Lincoln; a Bible with a coin stuck; and a Richmond director.

One was also found mine ball, a type of bullet commonly used in the American Civil War. More newspapers, books, coins and letters were also discovered inside the box.

Conservatives at the Virginia Department of Historical Resources opened the box carefully and worked with caution. Water was found inside the box and its items had expanded, making it difficult to remove.

Crews will now continue to work to preserve and investigate the items found inside the capsule.

History of the second time capsule

This capsule was a copper box, while the first, opened in early December, was a lead box. Both were found where once stood the statue of Lee, said a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Historical Resources on Monday. The copper box, according to department director Julie Langan, weighed 36 pounds and measured 13.5 inches by 13.5 inches by 7.5 inches.

“X-rays take a first look inside the time capsule: Experts believe there may be coins, books, buttons and even Civil War ammunition,” the governor tweeted on Tuesday. Virginia, Ralph Northam.

The capsule was taken to the Department of Historical Resources Conservation Laboratory where conservators began evaluating it, Langan said.

The Richmond bomb team was first consulted to make sure it was safe to open.

“It’s a second time capsule and probably the one that is known to have been placed on the pedestal,” Langan said. “The one recovered last week was unexpected and probably left by men involved in construction.”

The first time capsule found

The first container was found on December 17 while the workers were there dismantling the 40-foot pedestal of the statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, according to a press release from the Northam office.
The 12-ton statue of Lee on his horse, which was removed in September, had become a focal point of racial justice protests in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy.

The first capsule was found in the pedestal tower, about 20 feet above ground level. Among the objects found inside were an 1875 almanac, two withered books, a coin, and a cloth envelope.

Sue Donovan, curator of special collections at the University of Virginia, works with artifacts found in the first time capsule.
Historians believe that the first time capsule was placed on October 27, 1887 and included about 60 articles that were donated by 37 Richmond residents, many of whom were related to the Confederacy. according to the governor’s office.

The state plans to store the pedestal until officials decide what to do with the partial monument.

CNN’s Amir Vera, Paul P. Murphy, David Williams, and Sharif Paget contributed to this report.