Robert E. Lee portrait is moved from hometown City Hall to a museum

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Robert E. Lee portrait is moved from hometown City Hall to a museum


Correction: Earlier versions of this article mistakenly said Robert E. Lee was born in Alexandria. He was born in Stratford, in Westmoreland County, and moved to Alexandria at an early age.

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This portrait of Robert E. Lee used to hang in Alexandria City Hall but is now part of a Civil War exhibit in the Lyceum, the city’s local history museum. (Patricia Sullivan/The Washington Post)
By Patricia Sullivan November 19 at 5:56 PM
The city of Alexandria has quietly removed a portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that hung on the wall of the City Council chambers for 54 years, relocating it to the Lyceum, a local history museum.

Mayor Allison Silberberg (D) called the museum “a more appropriate place” for the large painting of Lee, who grew up in Alexandria and went on to command the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.

Like a similar portrait of George Washington, it was taken off the wall last summer as crews repaired the City Hall roof, and then cleaned and repainted the room. But when it was time to rehang the art, the Lee portrait was replaced by a 1798 map of the city. The Washington painting was returned to the wall.

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Meh I don't see any reason to get the dander up about this. It's still on display somewhere, and the museum is probably more appropriate.

I agree, I think the Museum is a much better place to honor Robert E. Lee. City Hall's are usually hang outs for corrupt people. That's usually why they place the mayor's office there.................lol.............More people probably visit the museum than the city hall also.............


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