Despite Alexandria vote, little chance statue will be moved

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Posted: Sep 26, 2016 11:31 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Several state lawmakers in Virginia say it's very unlikely a 127-year-old Confederate statue in Alexandria's Old Town will be moved elsewhere.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2d3mONn ) reports that Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg met with the president of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy last week to discuss moving the seven-foot bronze statue entitled "Appomattox."

The statue, which depicts a southern-facing Confederate soldier, is owned by the heritage group but located on city land. The Alexandria City Council has voted to recommend it be moved to the lawn of the Lyceum, Alexandria's history museum.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin says that unless the Daughters of the Confederacy recommends moving the statue, lawmakers won't change a state law that prohibits municipalities from moving war monuments.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com