Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 27, 2021
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Announces Plans to Open Second Time Capsule at 1:00 PM Tomorrow

Additional time capsule found today, matches the description of 1887 time capsule

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced crews found what appears to be the 1887 time capsule, located in the base of the former statue of 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. The discovery comes 11 days after a different and unknown time capsule was discovered. 

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. 

Space will be extremely limited. A live video will be provided via pool camera. Details will be available in the morning. Credentialed media interested in attending must RSVP to

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