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1875 almanac, other books found in capsule from Robert E. Lee statue pedestal

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(Reuters) -An 1875 almanac and other documents were discovered on Wednesday inside a time capsule that was encased in the pedestal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that formerly stood in Richmond, Virginia’s capital. Conservators in a laboratory at the state’s Department of Historic Resources opened the lead box after hours of meticulous scraping and drilling to reveal the almanac, two other unidentified books and a cloth envelope with unknown contents. A coin was stuck to one of the books. Historians had thought the box might be a time capsule containing about 60 objects that …

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