Robert E. Lee portrait removed from hometown city hall

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Posted: Nov 20, 2017 1:54 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A portrait of Robert E. Lee that hung inside the City Hall of the town where the Confederate general grew up has been removed and sent to a museum.

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the city of Alexandria has moved the portrait of Lee to the Lyceum, a local history museum.

Lee moved to Alexandria at a young age and went on to command the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The portrait had hung on the wall of the City Council chambers for 54 years.

Confederate symbols have been under increased scrutiny since a white supremacist killed black parishioners inside a South Carolina church in 2015. Next month, the City Council is expected to vote on what to rename its portion of Jefferson Davis Highway.

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This story has been edited to show that Robert E. Lee grew up in Alexandria, but was not born there.

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