The petition to remove the painting will force a public hearing on the issues, state Commissioner Larry Kiker. Kiker also told the News-Press that he is looking for “thoughtful conversation based upon the historical value” of the painting, and why it was hung to begin with. The News-Press reported that Virginia assisted Lee County in obtaining the painting in 1939.
Lee is seen as a loyal hero in Virginia, because he played an important role in the Confederate army. He is not recognized for his position on slavery.
(Click Next Page to read more !)