Board endorses changes to Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University

Published: Oct. 9, 2018 at 6:46 PM EDT
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A board has endorsed the replacement of some portraits of George Washington and Robert E. Lee in military uniforms at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.

The Board of Trustees at the school announced several changes on Tuesday to two buildings on campus.

They will endorse the replacement of those portraits in Lee Chapel with those of the two men in civilian clothing.

The board also endorsed closing the doors to the statue chamber in the 1883 addition to Lee Chapel during university events.

In addition, Robinson Hall will become Chavis Hall in memory of John Chavis, the first African-American student at the university, and Lee-Jackson House will be renamed in honor of Pamela Simpson, a professor who served as associate dean of the college and played a critical role in the university’s transition to co-education in the mid-1980s.

The changes follow a report by a Commission on Institutional History and Community and a response in August from university President William Dudley.

Lee served as president of Washington College. He died in 1870, and his name was added to the institution.

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