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Charlottesville City Council votes to remove Confederate statues

The Robert E. Lee Statue and Stonewall Jackson statue will be removed, but not immediately.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Officials in a Virginia city have voted unanimously to remove two statues of Confederate generals, including one that was the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017.  

News outlets report that the Charlottesville City Council's vote came late Monday after more than 50 people spoke during a virtual meeting.

Most were in favor of removal. 

The statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson won’t be removed immediately. 

The state requires a 30-day window for the city to offer the monuments to any museum, historical society, government or military battlefield.

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