Museum proposes melting Lee statue to make new artwork

Robert E. Lee statue to be removed from Charlottesville park
Posted at 8:22 PM, Oct 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 20:22:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia museum is proposing to melt down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville.

It then wants to create a new work of public art from it. The Daily Progress reports that the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center submitted its proposal last week to Charlottesville’s city council and city manager.

The council voted to remove the statues of Lee and Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in June.

It sought statements of interest from those interested in ownership of one or both of the statues, which were removed in July.



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