NAACP Says Robert E Lee Painting Must Be Removed Because It’s Racist

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.

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