The time capsule was discovered at the base of the Confederate General’s statue in September, renewing hopes of finding the photo of Abraham Lincoln that was eagerly awaited by collectors.
“They found her!“, A week after the first capsule was opened, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeted, much to the dismay of experts.
“This is indirectly the time capsule that everyone is looking for“, Attached photos of a thirty-centimeter-long rectangular metal box to his message.
The governor noted that the box would not be opened on Monday, and experts would like to inspect it first.
The time capsule is a container containing the objects or documents of an era designed for future generations.
Equestrian statue of General Robert Lee
It was discovered in 1890 under the pedestal of the horse statue of General Robert Lee, leader of the Confederate Army that defended slavery during the Civil War (1861-1865) in Richmond, the former separatist capital of Virginia.
The statue, which was seen by many Americans as a symbol of the country’s slavery, was removed in September, against the backdrop of questioning Confederate monuments.
After the statue was removed, experts began searching for a mysterious time capsule placed on its pedestal in 1887, which was believed to contain civil war memorials such as buttons or bullets, the Confederacy coin, a Bible, but above all a photograph. Showing President Abraham Lincoln in his coffin is a clich presented as a historic bombshell that will panic the collector’s market.
A first box was dug up and then carefully opened by Ralph Northam, but it contained only three books and a cloth envelope with a photograph, all damaged by water, as well as a coin of unknown origin.
Workers involved in the construction of the statue appear to have placed it at the base of the capsule.
One of the works has been a guide for astronomers and navigators since 1875.
But two years after the capsule was supposed to be buried, another one seems to have been published in 1889, suggesting that another such container might be under the pedestal.
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