In the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., 100 statues represent 50 states. Two statues have been provided by each state. One of Virginia's is Robert E. Lee.
Please sign this petition to the Virginia legislature and governor:
We implore you to immediately remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from the U.S. Capitol, and to permit local governments in Virginia to take down statues as they see fit.
The Lee statue still stands in Charlottesville because of a court case over a state law that bans taking down war monuments. The same Virginia legislature that needs to change that law is also responsible for keeping a Robert E. Lee statue in the U.S. Capitol or taking it down and replacing it with a statue of another Virginian.
The installation of the Lee statue in the U.S. Capitol in 1909 started a trend of Southern states sending Confederate statues to Washington, D.C. Removing it should launch a new trend of removing the 12 Confederate statues in the Statuary Hall collection -- a collection that includes not a single African American.
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