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Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville to be melted down for new art

Charlottesville, VA – The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which sparked violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be melted down and turned into a new piece of public art by an African American heritage center.

As The Daily Progress reports, the city council decided how to dispose of the now removed statue at the center of the Unite the Right rally in 2017.

The statue of Lee and another statue of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson were removed on the same day in July. According to the newspaper, the city received six offers from entities interested in taking on one of the two.

Council members voted to donate Lee’s statue to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, whose “Swords into Plowshare” proposal received nearly 30 letters of support from organizations and individuals, including descendants of enslaved communities at the University of Virginia and Monticello’s descendants were involved. Slave community.

Andrea Douglas, the center’s executive director, said, “With ‘Swords in Plowshare’ our hope is to create something that was once toxic in our public space, that can be more reflective of the social values ​​of our entire community.” “We are giving people the opportunity to connect with their own narratives and their own history. This project provides a road map for other communities to do the same.”

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The Black-Led Heritage Center’s news release also states that a “community engagement process” will inform the public art project, for which $590,000 has already been raised.

The newspaper reported that the council only voted on the disposal of Lee’s statue on Tuesday morning. The removal this summer came more than five years after racial justice activists made a push to take it down, attracting protests from racist groups, culminating in a deadly 2017 rally. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the city could remove the statues of Lee and Jackson.

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