A new time capsule, crafted\u00a0by Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale, will be placed in the concrete pedestal of Richmond\u2019s Lee Monument.\r\n\r\nHistorians believe a copper\u00a0time\u00a0capsule\u00a0was placed in the cornerstone of the Lee pedestal on October 27, 1887. Records from the Library of Virginia suggest that 37 Richmond residents, organizations, and businesses contributed about 60 objects to the\u00a0capsule, many of which are believed to be related to the Confederacy.\r\n\r\nThe statue was removed Wednesday, and on Thursday, the original time capsule was removed and handed over to the Department of Historic Resources.\r\n\r\nThe new time capsule will be put in its place in the statue\u2019s base, as that will remain for the time being. Should it be removed later, the time capsule will be buried nearby.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe past 18 months have seen historic change, from the pandemic to protests for racial justice that led to the removal of these monuments to a lost cause. It is fitting that we replace the old-time capsule with a new one that tells that story,\u201d Gov. Ralph Northam said.\r\n\r\nDiPasquale also created Richmond\u2019s Arthur Ashe monument and Virginia Beach\u2019s King Neptune statue.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis (new) capsule gives future Virginians artifacts of the tectonic transition that has happened to us,\u201d\u00a0said DiPasquale. \u201cThe pedestal marks the past and has a new message for the future: we, all of us, are the New Virginia.\u201d\r\n\r\nArtifacts for the new time capsule were suggested by members of the public, and narrowed down to 39 final choices by a committee that included historians from the Richmond region\u2019s leading historical and cultural museums and members of Northam\u2019s cabinet.\r\n\r\nThe 39 artifacts are intended to reflect the cultural moment in Virginia\u2019s, and the nation\u2019s, history. In the past year and a half, Virginia has faced a global pandemic and a deep reckoning with racism. Protests for racial justice, sparked by the death of George Floyd, led to the removal of statues originally placed to memorialize those who fought to continue a way of life that enslaved other human beings. The artifacts are a snapshot of that moment in time, capturing both the protests of last year and the pandemic. They include a vaccination card, a photo of a Black ballerina in front of the statue, a Black Lives Matter sticker, a face mask, and a poem written in Unified English Braille and a \u201cBetter Together\u201d LED Board coded by middle school girls at Patrick & Henry Community College and submitted by Amanda Broome.\r\n\r\n"In the midst of demonstrations and reclaiming space, my photo of Black ballerina at America's largest Confederate statue made national headlines in June 2020, surprising and inspiring viewers,\u201d said photographer Marcus Ingram, whose photo will be included in the time capsule.\u00a0"I am thrilled to have my print, my piece of history, be\u00a0included in the new time capsule that aims to represent the Virginia of today. I am hopeful that future generations will\u00a0see my photograph and understand what we stood up for."