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Lee statue at US Capitol to be replaced by 1 of 5 finalists

Robert E. Lee
Posted at 10:54 AM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 10:54:58-05

WASHINGTON -- Virginia will replace a statue of Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol with one of five people who is yet to be chosen.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the five finalists are all storied Virginians who are people of color.

They include civil rights attorney Oliver Hill Sr., and teenage civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. Both are connected to the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that found that government-segregated public schools were unconstitutional.

Another finalist is Maggie Walker. She was the first Black woman to charter a U.S. bank.

Another is John Mercer Langston. He was Virginia’s first Black member of Congress.

The fifth finalist is Pocahontas.

All five finalist will now go to the General Assembly for approval.

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