Charlottesville to take down Robert E. Lee statue that was focus of deadly rally

Charlottesville to take down Robert E. Lee statue that was focus of deadly rally


A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was the focal point of the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. will be removed from its pedestal and put in storage this weekend, officials announced Friday.

Statues of Lee and another Confederate general, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, are due to come down Saturday — nearly four years after violence erupted at the “Unite the Right” rally to protest its planned removal.

Amid the chaos, 22-year-old James Fields Jr. rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring more than two dozen others. Fields pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in March 2019 and was sentenced to life in prison that June.

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The violence made national headlines, as did then-President Donald Trump’s insistence that there was “blame on both sides” for the bloodshed. The riot also kick-started an ongoing nationwide debate over the presence of Confederate monuments in cities and towns across

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