Robert E. Lee Statue Removed From US Capitol

Washington DC’s NBC News affiliate reports:

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed.

The statue was removed from Statuary Hall overnight, the office of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced early Monday. A commission formed by the General Assembly decided that Lee was not a fitting symbol for the state.

“Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia, that’s why we voted unanimously to remove this statue,” Sen. Louise Lucas said in a press release sent from Northam’s office early Monday.

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