Crews Unearth Potential Second Time Capsule Beneath Lee Monument in Virginia

by Quentin Blount
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It’s official — there has been a discovery of a second time capsule beneath the base of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia.

The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, made the announcement on Monday afternoon. The state believes that the contents of the second time capsule are to be from 1887, and they could actually hold some value.

This news comes just days after the discovery of another time capsule. Historians at the state’s Department of Historic Resources had the task of opening the box and seeing what was inside. However, the contents of the box weren’t really all that impressive, though. It contained several small items including a coin, a few books, and an envelope with a photo inside. Not only that, but the dimensions didn’t quite match up with historical accounts. With the discovery, officials knew this couldn’t be the time capsule they were looking for.

As a result, crews went on with their search. That led to the discovery of a second-time capsule on Monday. The discovery was confirmation that there was indeed another relic out there.

“They found it!” Northam tweeted. “This is likely the time capsule everyone was looking for Conservators studying it — stay tuned for next steps!”

We’ll Find Out the Contents of Second Time Capsule On Tuesday

Officials and historians in the state of Virginia are pretty sure this second time capsule is the one they have been looking for all along. But everyone will have to wait until tomorrow to see just what kind of contents lie inside.

Markus Schmidt is a political reporter in Virginia with Cardinal News. He let everyone know on Twitter that in this situation, we will find out what’s inside the box on Tuesday.

“RICHMOND — Governor Ralph Northam announced crews found what appears to be the 1887 time capsule, located in the base of the former statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond. The capsule will be opened tomorrow, Tuesday, December 28 at 1:00 PM at the Department of Historic Resources lab, located at 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, 23221.”

According to the post, meanwhile, the time capsule could contain up to 60 objects from various people and businesses around Richmond at the time. The objects, obviously, hold some kind of relation to the Confederacy in one way, shape, or form.

“This appears to be the time capsule that historians believe was placed on October 27, 1887 — it is made of copper and matches the size listed in the historical record. Records from the Library of Virginia suggest that 37 Richmond residents, organizations, and businesses contributed about 60 objects to the capsule, many of which are believed to be related to the Confederacy.”

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