Bring Robert E. Lee statue home to West­more­land

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - OPINIONS -


I live in West­more­land County. As a West­more­lander, my heart goes out to all the de­scen­dants of Robert E. Lee, whose statue was van­dal­ized on Richmond’s Mon­u­ment Av­enue. I have seen video of peo­ple try­ing to stop the van­dal­ism; how­ever, destiny will have its way.

Cer­tainly, not all the Lees in West­more­land are di­rect de­scen­dants of Lee; how­ever, many are. They are public ser­vants in our lo­cal govern­ment, own and op­er­ate sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses, and are lead­ers in our faith-based com­mu­ni­ties.

I ask Gov. Ralph Northam, lo­cal civic lead­ers, the West­more­land County Board Su­per­vi­sors and the Stratford Hall Foun­da­tion to re­move Lee’s statue to Stratford Hall, the Lee home­place in West­more­land.

There, the statue will be cleaned and fully re­stored, then stand on the grounds to teach the public about this man, who was not only piv­otal in Amer­i­can his­tory, but who also was an ar­dent ad­vo­cate of public ed­u­ca­tion and was past pres­i­dent of Wash­ing­ton and Lee Uni­ver­sity in Lex­ing­ton.

Bring the statue home.



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