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Virginia panel: Move Lee statue from U.S Capitol to museum

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 12:23:05-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia panel has recommended moving the state's statue of Robert E. Lee at the U.S. Capitol to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond.

Historian Ed Ayers made the motion to ask whether the museum wants to take ownership of the statue, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Ayers says the museum has “the institutional capacity” to deal with accepting the statue. Emily Lucier is a spokesperson for the museum.

She told the newspaper in an email that the museum has not yet received a formal request from the commission and will comment when that happens.