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Duke University Takes Down Statue of Lee

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Duke University takes down statue of Lee
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By Max Greenwood | 19 August 2017

THE HILL — Duke University has removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from its campus amid an intensifying national debate over Confederate statues and monuments.

The university said it took the statue down from its perch in Duke Chapel early Saturday morning, three days after it had been damaged by vandalism.

In an email to students, faculty, staff and alumni Saturday morning, University President Vincent Price said he chose to have the statue removed to protect the chapel and its parishioners, and to “express the deep and abiding values of our university.”

The Lee statue will be preserved to allow students to “study Duke’s complex past and take part in a more inclusive future,” he said. […]

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