Faculty votes to change the name of Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University
Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 13:22:11-04

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Faculty at Washington and Lee University have voted to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the school, but that doesn’t mean necessarily such a change will occur.

The motion was approved on Monday during a special video conference meeting attended by faculty members.

The recommendation was sent to the board of trustees, which would have to make any change.

A school spokesperson says “there are no current plans to change” the name.

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.

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