Among the items inside were an 1865 edition of Harper’s Weekly magazine with an clear image of a figure weeping over Abraham Lincoln’s grave; a Bible with a coin stuck to it; and a Richmond directory.
Conservators from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources carefully opened the box and worked with caution. Water was found inside the box and its items had expanded, making it difficult for them to be removed.
Crews now will continue to work on preserving and researching the items that were found inside the capsule.
History of the second time capsule
“X-rays give a first look inside the time capsule: Experts believe there may be coins, books, buttons, and even ammunition from the Civil War,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted Tuesday.
The capsule was brought to the conservation lab at the Department of Historic Resources where conservators began assessing it, Langan said.
Richmond’s bomb squad was first consulted to make sure it was safe to open.
“It is a second time capsule and likely the one that was known to have been placed in the pedestal,” Langan said. “The one recovered last week was unexpected and likely left by men involved in the construction.”
The first time capsule that was found
The first capsule was found in the tower of the pedestal, about 20 feet above ground level. Among the items found inside were an 1875 almanac, two withered books, a coin and a cloth envelope.
The state plans to store the pedestal until officials decide what to do with the partial monument.
CNN’s Amir Vera, Paul P. Murphy, David Williams and Sharif Paget contributed to this report.