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Raleigh workers dig up 1894 time capsule in Confederate monument demolished by protesters

Workers discovered a time capsule dating back to 1894 while dismantling what was left of a 75-foot Confederate memorial in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The massive structure was destroyed during Black Lives Matter protests in late June, and officials ordered the remains removed because of the “painful memory.”

However, the event led experts to a rusty metal box in the base that contained a number of artifacts from the Southern Army, including songbooks, money, and flags.

Archaeologists also discovered a set of knots from General Robert E. Lee, along with a lock of hair from his horse Traveler.

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Workers discovered a time capsule dating to 1894 while dismantling what was left of a 75-foot Confederate memorial in Raleigh, North Carolina

Workers discovered a time capsule dating to 1894 while dismantling what was left of a 75-foot Confederate memorial in Raleigh, North Carolina

Most of the items taken out of the ‘cornerstone box’ were damaged by the elements, but NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) discovered a news clip of May 25, 1894 with a list of times placed in the capsule.

The article highlights a Gettysburg stone, a rosebud worn by Lee, money, songbooks, and sketches of Civil War generals, according to CNN.

“Archaeologists and curators at the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources opened a time capsule buried in 1894 under the cornerstone of the Confederate Soldiers Monument on Union Square in Raleigh,” says DNCR website.

“Because the metal box with the items had rusted in some places, the items in the time capsule were severely damaged by the elements.”

Experts opened the time capsule to discover a few buttons that once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Experts opened the time capsule to discover a few buttons that once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Experts opened the time capsule to discover a few buttons that once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee

There was also horse hair in the box, which was reportedly from Lee's horse. Traveler

There was also horse hair in the box, which was reportedly from Lee's horse. Traveler

There was also horse hair in the box, which was reportedly from Lee’s horse. Traveler

Most of the items pulled from the 'corner stone box' have been damaged by the elements, but experts are still recovering the artifacts

Most of the items pulled from the 'corner stone box' have been damaged by the elements, but experts are still recovering the artifacts

Most of the items pulled from the ‘corner stone box’ have been damaged by the elements, but experts are still recovering the artifacts

Objects found so far include a wooden chest, a stone believed to be from Gettysburg, two knots attached to a piece of textile, and a strand of what appears to be horsehair. Conservation work on these items and the metal box itself has begun. ‘

The team used a hammer and pole to open the capsule without damaging the structure.

Robert E. Lee (pictured) was a Southern general in command of the Northern Virginia military

Robert E. Lee (pictured) was a Southern general in command of the Northern Virginia military

Robert E. Lee (pictured) was a Southern general in command of the Northern Virginia military

Many of the items pulled from behind were covered with a thick layer of mud, but the most exciting find was a set of buttons that belonged to Lee.

Also in the capsule was a tuft of horsehair, a Southern songbook, money and flags.

Other items include a Bible in the Appomattox Court House, the day after Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Civil War.

Lee was a Southern general in command of the Northern Virginia military.

Due to his success as a leader, Lee was promoted to commander of the Southern armies during the Civil War.

However, his surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 is considered the end of the war and victory for the Union army.

The memorial, representing a group of Confederate soldiers, was located on the main site of North Carolina.

At the top of the huge column was a statue of a Southern artillery soldier with a gun in his hand.

At the bottom were two statues, one for the Southern Infantry and the other for a Southern Cavalryman.

There were also two 32-pound naval guns on each side of the monument.

On Juneteenth, protesters used a belt to take down two statues of Southern soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk in downtown Raleigh.

The massive structure was destroyed during Black Lives Matter protests in late June and shortly after officials ordered the remains for his 'painful memory'

The massive structure was destroyed during Black Lives Matter protests in late June and shortly after officials ordered the remains for his 'painful memory'

The massive structure was destroyed during Black Lives Matter protests in late June and shortly after officials ordered the remains for his ‘painful memory’

On Juneteenth, protesters used a belt to take down two statues of Southern soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk in downtown Raleigh

On Juneteenth, protesters used a belt to take down two statues of Southern soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk in downtown Raleigh

On Juneteenth, protesters used a belt to take down two statues of Southern soldiers that were part of a larger obelisk in downtown Raleigh

Protesters hung one of the images around a light tower during the Black Lives Matter marches. Numerous Southern statues have been destroyed or destroyed in the South following the death of George Floyd

Protesters hung one of the images around a light tower during the Black Lives Matter marches. Numerous Southern statues have been destroyed or destroyed in the South following the death of George Floyd

Protesters hung one of the images around a light tower during the Black Lives Matter marches. Numerous Southern statues have been destroyed or destroyed in the South following the death of George Floyd

Numerous Southern images have been destroyed or broken down in the south after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was murdered after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to the neck for several minutes.

Governor Roy Cooper ordered the removal of the monument on June 20 citing security reasons after protesters knocked it over, along with other statues on the Capitol grounds.

In a statement released by his office and published on Twitter, Cooper said, “Monuments to white supremacy don’t belong in places of allegiance, and these painful memorials are now legally moved, safely.”

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?

Juneteenth, an annual public holiday on June 19, has gained significance this year following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans.

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH? Juneteenth, a junction of June 19 and 19, is also known as Emancipation Day. It commemorates the day in 1865, after the Southern states had surrendered to end the civil war, when a Union general arrived in Texas to inform the last group of enslaved African Americans of their freedom under the proclamation of empowerment from President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. In 1980, Texas officially declared it a public holiday. It is now recognized in 46 other states and the District of Columbia. While part celebration, the day is also solemnly celebrated in honor of those who suffered during slavery in the United States with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans over 400 years ago.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT THIS YEAR? This year, Juneteenth coincides with global protests against racial injustice caused by the death of a black man, Floyd, in custody in Minneapolis on May 25. It also accompanies the coronavirus outbreak, which has affected a disproportionate number of color communities. Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump, who was already under attack for his response to both crises, drew further criticism for planning a Friday reelection meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has since moved it to Saturday. Tulsa is an important and especially sensitive site where a white gang massacred African American residents in 1921. Community organizations across the country will devote themselves to discussions on police and civil rights in the run-up to the November elections.

HOW PEOPLE MARK THE DAY? People are celebrating the 155th anniversary across the country with festive meals and gatherings. While many cities have canceled this year’s annual pageants because of the pandemic, other groups have opted for virtual conferences or smaller events. In Washington, groups plan marches, protests and gatherings. Amid the wave of protests against racial justice, some U.S. companies have committed to changing policies, including the recognition of the holiday. Among the companies that have announced they will recognize Juneteenth as a paid corporate holiday are the National Football League, THe New York Times, Twitter, and Square.

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