Washington & Lee faculty OK motion to remove Lee from name
LEXINGTON, Va. Faculty at Washington and Lee University have voted to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lees name from the school, but that doesnt mean necessarily such a change will occur. The motion was approved on Monday during a special video conference meeting attended by faculty members, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The school was named for early benefactor George Washington and Lee, who was a president of the university and is buried in a campus chapel. After Lee died in 1870, the faculty requested that the trustees rename the college in Lees honor, according to the university. The trustees agreed, changing the name from Washington College to Washington and Lee University.
Roanoke City Council takes first step to possibly remove city’s Robert E. Lee monument
ROANOKE, Va. – The fate of the Robert E. Lee monument in downtown Roanoke remains unseen but the process to figure that out is well underway. On Monday, the Roanoke City Council started the process in possibly removing the monument from Lee Plaza. This motion also set up a public hearing on the matter. The Robert E. Lee monument has been in Lee Plaza for just shy of 60 years. I just encourage everyone to be patient.”The public hearing is tentatively set for August 17 at 7 p.m.
Va. Attorney General receives letter on a ‘rumor’ an 18-wheeler headed for Lee monument
Richmond, Va. – A letter was sent to the Virginia Attorney General’s office demanding Governor Ralph Northam protect the Robert E. Lee monument from a “rumor” that an 18-wheeler is coming to tear it down. Herring also filed a motion requesting any further proceedings on the Lee statue be conducted on the record, with at least twelve hours of notice, and with the option of having the court reporter present. The motion states that “Symbols matter, and the Virginia of today can no longer honor a racist system that enslaved millions of people. The plaintiff also filed a motion asking the judge to enter a permanent injunction or extend the existing injunction. The hearing will be held on this motion on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m.