A very unusual object has been recovered from a construction site in Louisville, as workers tried to move a Confederacy monument.
According to Sarah Lindgren, Louisville’s public art administrator, a brass time capsule has been discovered at the base of the Confederacy monument. Upon opening the box, which according to authorities is made out of brass, they found inside several items relate the 19th-century conflagration, which nearly torn apart the country.
Although most of the capsule’s contents are damaged beyond recovery, there are some items which survived the passage of time. Lindgren said that the damage might have occurred as a result of the box sitting in a muddy are for more than 100 years.
The brass time capsule contained a lit cigar, probably the one smoked by Jefferson David, the Confederate President. In addition, the box also contained a scarf, which was probably worn by David’s secretaries, a likeness of General Robert E. Lee, various memoirs, an Oxford Bible, Confederate badges, flags, a picture of Susan Hepburn, and several thousands of Confederate dollars.
As mentioned, some of the items inside the brass time capsule were damaged by water seeping through the cracks. However, Lindgren declared that the item that wasn’t so badly damaged could be restored, and all will them will be donated to the Filson Historical Society.
The Confederate monument, next to which the brass time capsule was found, was erected 30 years after the American Civil ended. Susan Hepburn, whose likeness was found in the brass time capsule, played an important role in the construction of the monument.
According to historical documents, Hepburn was the one who raised the money needed for the construction of the monument. After one a half century later, the disputed monument find itself amid another crisis.
It would seem that Major Greg Fischer ordered that the monument be removed from Louisville. After many conflicts and a trial, a judge ruled out that the statue belongs to the city.
Now, Louisville’s authorities have started dismantling the statue, which will later be moved to a location 44 miles away from the historical city. During the operations, the workers literally stumbled upon the buried brass time capsule.
Right now, the city’s art preservation department is putting in some extra time in order to recover the contents of the time capsule.
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