I saw this today on Newsweek – Work Crew Believes It Has Found Time Capsule That Might Contain Rare Abraham Lincoln Photo: https://www.newsweek.com/work-crew-believes-it-has-found-time-capsule-that-might-contain-rare-abraham-lincoln-photo-1660717. Longer article.
BY LORA KORPAR December 17, 2021
Crews working to take down the pedestal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, believe they found a time capsule from 1887.
The bronze statue of Lee seated on a horse was removed in September, when crews searched for the capsule and could not find it. As it turned out, the square box was inside a 2,000-pound block of granite, not in or under one of the 40-foot tall pedestal’s cornerstones, like they originally thought.
According to an 1887 newspaper article, the capsule contains a “picture of Lincoln lying in his coffin” as well as other Civil War relics. Historians said if the “picture” is an actual photograph, it would be very rare and valuable, but it is more likely to be a drawing.