Historic Preservation Team will open 1887 Confederate Time Capsule

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The newly discovered 1887 time capsule at the foot of the old Robert E. Lee memorial on Monument Avenue in Richmond will be opened tomorrow.

A historic preservation team will open the capsule at noon at the Department of Historic Resources Laboratory, located at 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond.

The 1887 time capsule was discovered last Friday morning by teams dismantling the pedestal that once housed the Robert E. Lee statue. He was found about 20 feet above ground level in the pedestal tower, not the base.

Historians believe a time capsule was placed on October 27, 1887. Archives at the Library of Virginia suggest that 37 Richmond residents, organizations, and businesses contributed approximately 60 items to the capsule, many thought to be related to the Confederacy.

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