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Washington and Lee faculty vote to change the university’s name
July 6, 2020

“LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Faculty at Washington and Lee University voted on Monday to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the school, but that doesn’t necessarily mean such a change will occur.

The motion was approved during a special video conference meeting attended by 260 faculty members. The vote marks the first time such a recommendation has been sent to the board of trustees of the small liberal arts school in Lexington, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

“We feel like we’re going to end up on the wrong side of this as an institution and that it will harm us,” said Jim Casey, an economics professor and W&L graduate who organized the initial meeting.”

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