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High court: Charlottesville can remove Confederate statues

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 12:07 PM EDT
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s highest court has ruled that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of Confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee that became the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a Circuit Court decision in favor of a group of residents who sued to block the city from taking down the Lee statue and a nearby monument to fellow Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

Charlottesville’s city council had voted to remove both.

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