Experts open time capsule found at Gen. Lee statue site

UPDATE (12/28/21 at 12:50 p.m.): RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Conservation experts in Virginia’s capital have pulled books, money, ammunition, documents and other artifacts from a time capsule found in the remnants of a pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Tuesday’s opening of the aged copper box appeared to mark the end of a long search for the elusive 1887 time capsule.

The lead conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources said the measurements and material of the box, copper, match historical accounts.

The box was discovered and carefully extracted from the monument site a day earlier, marking the end of a long search for the elusive capsule.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Conservation experts in Virginia’s capital have opened a time capsule  — the second this month — found in the remnants of a pedestal that once held a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Tuesday’s opening of the aged copper box could mark the end of a long search for the elusive 1887 time capsule.

Historical records have led to some speculation that the capsule could contain a rare photo of a dead President Abraham Lincoln in his casket.

The box was discovered Monday in the foundation of the pedestal that previously held the Lee statue in Richmond.

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