“These statues aimed to rewrite Lee’s reputation from that of a cruel slave owner and Confederate General to portraying him as a kind man and reluctant war hero who selflessly served his home state of Virginia.” Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he will push for legislation replacing Virginia’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee housed in the United States Capitol Building. Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said the governor filed a drafting request for a bill that would outline the process for removing the statue and selecting a replacement. The disclosure from Northam’s office came in response to a letter from Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton and Congressman Donald McEachin that called on Northam to make replacing the statue part of his agenda for the legislative session that begins next month.

via nbcnews: Virginia governor seeks bill replacing Robert E. Lee statue in U.S. Capitol

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