- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - James Monroe’s tomb overlooking the James River in Richmond is being restored ahead of the bicentennial of his election as the nation’s fifth president.

Monroe’s final resting place is in Hollywood Cemetery, where tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers are buried. A cast iron canopy called the “Birdcage” rises over Monroe’s granite sarcophagus. Dating to 1859, it is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

The Department of General Services says the tomb has been patched and repainted through the decades, but those touch ups are no longer sufficient.

Crews are scheduled to dismantle the canopy this week and remove it from the cemetery for the restoration. Monroe’s tomb will remain in place and will also be cleaned up.

The project will be completed for Monroe’s 2016 bicentennial.

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