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Our Requests

We call on the Board of Trustees at Washington and Lee University to: 1. Remove Robert E. Lee from the name and brand of the

Our Group

Not Unmindful is a group of alumni, students and faculty from a wide range of eras and backgrounds who are deeply concerned about the future of our beloved school and see its renaming as key to maintaining its elite educational standing and making structural changes there to improve the on-campus experience for all of its students.

Our Mission

This is a focal point for alumni who would like to see Washington & Lee change its name. First, we want the University to change its name, removing Lee and that millstone from around the University’s neck is only the beginning of the work we must do. We must support efforts to address systemic racism and to fortify a community of inclusion and diversity at the University.


The Facts



Robert E. Lee turned down the opportunity to become an American General to be a traitor defending slavery instead.



Robert E. Lee owned and beat  slaves and stood idly by in Lexington as blacks where victimized by students.


Lousy General

Robert E. Lee was a miserable tactician who ordered a charge against a fortified position held by superior forces on the high ground at Gettysburg.

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