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Alexandria's Christ Church To Remove Washington, Lee Plaques From Sanctuary - Source Alexandria news

Posted on Nov 01,2017
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Memorial plaques in Christ Church to George Washington and Robert Edward Lee.

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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - The Vestry of Alexandria’s historic Christ Church voted unanimously earlier this month to remove two marble plaques dedicated to the memories of George Washington and Robert E. Lee from the wall of the church’s sanctuary. The Vestry sent a letter to parishioners notifying them of this decision on Oct. 26. Senior Warden, Emily Bryan, gave the following statement at Sunday services on Oct. 29:

This summer, the Vestry made the decision to begin a discussion of the appropriateness of the marble memorial plaques to George Washington and Robert Edward Lee in our worship space. This was not a discussion we entered lightly, but rather a sincere attempt to have a difficult family conversation about our worship space, our history, and our future.  

The plaques were erected in 1870, just two months after Robert E. Lee’s death, by parishioners eager to memorialize two men who had an impact on our parish and an outsized impact on our nation and the world.  

As our country’s founder and father, Washington is unique in our nation’s history.  Lee was a longtime parishioner, whose family had a significant presence in our church. Each man, in addition to his public persona, was a complicated human being, and like all of us, a child of God.

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