In fact, Lee did many things that were unconventional during his time, including allowing his wife and daughter to run and maintain an illegal school for slaves on their plantation. Despite Lee’s important role in Virginia history, the NAACP chapter petitions the county to take action repeatedly.
The last time they did so was in 2007, when they asked the commission to hang a painting of President Abraham Lincoln next to the portrait. The measure ultimately failed.
What do you think? Is the portrait a symbol of racism or a tribute to a hero?