Lee Circle ~ 1861 – 1865
Intersection of Monument & Allen Avenues
Lee Circle is the centerpiece of Monument Avenue. There are a myriad of philosophical, generational, political, historical, racial and cultural underpinnings associated with the avenue that comedian Robin Williams labeled “the world’s largest collection of second-place trophies.” Representations of honor, heritage, Southern nobility. Representations of treason, slavery, generations of oppression. And that, my friends, only begins to scratch the surface of the emotions surrounding The Monuments.
This is the circle where east-west Monument Avenue intersects with north-south Grace Park. Adding content to the singular view of The Avenue, we suggest adding four Grace Park little monuments; two south, two north of the General. These four are in keeping with the factual history of the war and it’s aftermath.
Little Monument 7 ~ Virginia Succeeds from the Union
Two flag poles. US flag 2/3 down, CSA flag 1/3 from top
As we walk from Grace Park South, from the 1700’s into the 1800’s, Little Monument 7 is two flag poles with the U.S. flag being lowered on one pole and the C.S.A. flag being raised on another. (not the battle flag)
Little Monument 8 ~ Evacuation of Richmond
Woman running, carrying child, looking back over shoulder
Little Monument 8 displays the burning and evacuation of Richmond with the universal symbol of a woman protecting a babe in arms, a child clinging to her skirt, fleeing the horror of war.
Little Monument 9 ~ Lee Surrenders at Appomattox
Table, pens, paper, inkwell, hat. Two swords rest against table.
On the northside of General Lee’s statue, the table Little Monument 9 from Appomattox Courthouse. Finally closing America’s most deadly war with 620,000 killed, swords are at rest against the table.
Little Monument 10 ~ 13th, 14th & 15th Amendments to the Constitution.
XIII, XIV & XV as Pillars of Democracy
Little Monument 10 is Roman Numerals XIII, XIV and XV as Pillars (literally and figuratively) — the Constitutional Amendments abolishing slavery, defining citizenship and guaranteeing the right to vote.