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Washington & Lee University is replacing prominent portraits of George Washington and Robert E. Lee in military uniform with versions of them in civilian clothing, and will be closing the doors to Lee’s tomb during university events, the school announced Tuesday.
It is also renaming some of its buildings to honor the school’s first tenured female professor, as well as its first African-American graduate.
Charlottesville - Riots - Summer - W - L
Following the Charlottesville riots in summer 2017, W&L president William Dudley assembled a commission to “examine how our history — and the ways that we teach, discuss and represent it — shapes our community.”
After “[canvassing] the views of university constituencies,” the group of 12 faculty, staff, students and alumni issued a list of 31 recommendations by which the school might “set a national example by demonstrating how the divisive issues can be addressed thoughtfully and effectively.”
Washington - Lee - Institutions - Learning - South
Washington & Lee is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the South, and the second-oldest college in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It began as a classical grammar school in 1749, and was renamed for George Washington after he gave it a substantial endowment during his second term as president.
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who was related to Washington by marriage, became president of the university in 1865, the same year of his surrender at Appomattox. He served in that role until his death in 1870, and is entombed on campus beneath the prominent Lee Chapel with much of his family, and...
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