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Church named after Confederate leader may change its name

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ROCKBRIDGE CO (WSLS 10) - Named after one of its most iconic members, R.E. Lee Memorial Church has been known under that name for 112 years. But that could soon change.

Sitting just across the street from Washington and Lee University, the 172-year-old church was named R.E. Lee Memorial Church in 1903.Robert E. Lee who was the president of then Washington College spent his Sundays worshiping as a devout episcopal member. The episcopal church however is not affiliated with the university.

More than a century later the church has hundreds of baptized members.

Without a given reason for discussion -one church member says the conversation of a name change has once again come up.

Although little details were given, a senior leader of the church's governing body says details of the discussion will remain within the church.

In a brief statement James Farrar said " The subject has been engaged several times and remains a matter of parish business."

Farrar says the next meeting in August 17.

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