Monumental Transformation

This photo series documents the transformation of the memorial to Confederate general Robert E. Lee along Monument Avenue, not far from where my wife and I live in Richmond, Virginia. After the senseless killing of George Floyd last summer, this site transformed not only into a place of protest, but of refuge. A sanctuary honoring countless Black people who have died from police brutality and offering an opportunity to confront and contemplate the systematic racism that exists in our city and across the country. When the statue of Robert E. Lee was removed on September 8, 2021, history wasn’t erased – it was made. Now, all that’s left is an empty, graffiti-laden pedestal; a symbol of suppression transformed into one of hope, and a reminder that there’s still work to be done.