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Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington to be renamed

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Posted at 10:56 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 23:08:46-04

LEXINGTON, Va. -- A cemetery named after Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson is slated to be renamed in Lexington, Virginia.

The unanimous vote to rename Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery came during a city council meeting Thursday night.

Lexington Vice Mayor Marilyn Alexander said that while city leaders heard from residents who were both for and against renaming the cemetery, there was widespread support in favor of changing the name.

However, those who own plots in the cemetery said they feel like their voices have not been heard.

City council members are researching a new name and said they plan to ask for input from residents.

The Stonewall Jackson statue was the first Confederate monument in Richmond to be removed by the city Wednesday.