Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET
Virginia will remove a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city of Richmond "as soon as possible," Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.
"Today, we're here to be honest about our past and talk about our future," Northam said, adding: "We have to confront where we've been in order to shape where we're going."
The statue will be placed into storage, where it will remain until government leaders and the community can discuss its future, according to the governor.