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Museum proposes melting Lee statue to make new artwork

Less than four years ago, a rally by white nationalists in support of keeping the statues...
Less than four years ago, a rally by white nationalists in support of keeping the statues turned violent and deadly.
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 7:07 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — 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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