Virginia panel: move Lee statue from U.S Capitol to museum

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EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY – An inspection crew from the Virginia Department of General Services inspect the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Monday June. 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered the removal of the statue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia panel has recommended moving the state’s statue of Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that historian Ed Ayers made the motion to ask whether the museum wants to take ownership of the statue. He says the museum has “the institutional capacity” to deal with accepting the statue. Emily Lucier is a spokesperson for the museum. She told the newspaper in an email that the museum has not yet received a formal request from the commission and will comment when that happens.

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