Robert E. Lee portrait removed from hometown city hall

It's another example of a Virginia city taking a stand against its Confederate past. A portrait of Robert E. Lee was removed from Alexandria City hall without notice or controversy.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that hung on the wall of a Virginia city council's chambers for 54 years has been removed and relocated to a museum.
    
The Washington Post reported on Sunday the city of Alexandria moved the portrait of Lee, who was born in Alexandria and went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. The portrait was replaced by a 1798 map of Alexandria.
    
Alexandria had stopped flying the Confederate flag at Washington and Prince streets on Lee's birthday and Confederate Memorial Day following a mass shooting at an AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The city council faces another Confederacy-related decision next month, when it is expected to vote on what to rename its portion of Jefferson Davis Highway.
 

© 2017 Associated Press


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