Commission recommends keeping name at Washington and Lee

Published: May. 21, 2018 at 4:54 PM EDT
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A commission impaneled at Washington and Lee University after deadly protests by white nationalists last year in nearby Charlottesville is recommending multiple changes at the university.

The changes include converting historic Lee Chapel to a museum and changing official references to Robert E. Lee from "General Lee" to "President Lee." But the commission stops short of suggesting the university change its name altogether. The commission also recommends keeping the "Generals" name for its athletic squads.

University President Will Dudley praised the commission's work in a letter Friday to the university community but emphasized that the suggested actions are only recommendations at this point.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as president of the university after the Civil War. The university was renamed to honor Lee after his death in 1870.