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Duke University is removing the statue of Robert E. Lee from his chapel

Duke University authorized the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from the front of his chapel on Saturday after the students made it clear that they no longer want the Confederate monument.

Vincent Price, president of Duke University, said on the university's website that he made the decision with "strong support from the Board of Trustees" after the memorial was destroyed on Wednesday.

"I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to guarantee the vital safety of the students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and permanent values ​​of our university," Price said in the post Saturday. .

The University of Durham, North Carolina, seems to follow other institutions and relocate its monument. The memorial will be "preserved" in some way, Price said, "so that students can study Duke's complex past and participate in a more inclusive future."

Last Saturday, one person was killed and several others were injured during a "Unite the Right" rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Not that the Confederate general Lee would have wanted the statue to rise first.)

The violent event sparked a firestorm across the country that led to the fall of a Confederate monument outside a Durham court on Monday.

On Saturday, Boston prepares for its own demonstration called "alt-right," while police prepare for thousands of counter-protesters and, possibly, white supremacist figure bosses who met at Charlottesville over the weekend.


Before the event, a holocaust memorial was smashed in Boston on Monday night, the second vandalism at that memorial this summer.

In the two years since the white supremacist and Confederate flag fan Dylann Roof massacred nine black parishioners in a church in South Carolina, the movement to eliminate the confederate symbols of public ownership has gained momentum.

So far, more than 60 Confederate symbols have been removed from city and state lands throughout the US. UU., According to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Recently, the city of New Orleans demolished four statues in honor of the Confederation.

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