Ran­dolph Col­lege re­moves statue

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LYNCHBURG — Vir­ginia’s Ran­dolph Col­lege has re­moved a statue of a Con­fed­er­ate sol­dier on cam­pus.

Pres­i­dent Bradley W. Bate­man said in a state­ment that the statue of Ge­orge Morgan Jones was taken down Fri­day fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Board of Trus­tees.

Bate­man says Jones was a gen­er­ous donor to the school and the first per­son to sug­gest to its founder that the Woman’s Col­lege be lo­cated in Lynchburg.

Bate­man says it was im­por­tant to re­move the statue be­fore it pos­si­bly turned into a pub­lic dis­pute that would’ve “posed a very real risk to the phys­i­cal safety” of cam­pus.

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