A portrait of Robert E. Lee was removed from Alexandria City Hall Council Chambers without notice to the public.
The portrait of the Alexandria native and Confederate General was donated in 1963 by the Sons of the Confederate Veterans.
Many people believe the Lyceum is exactly where the portrait belongs. Even mayor Allison Silberberg agrees.
“I think it’s an appropriate place,” the mayor said. "He’s a historical figure and it’s our city’s museum.”
The portrait actually has a prominent display in the museum’s civil war section; sandwiched in between proclamations and a portrait of an African American family.
The painting was removed months ago; back in the summer during city’s hall’s roof repairs. City leaders decided to renovate at that time as well.
Pictures were removed and some returned like George Washington. Others, like Lee, were replaced temporarily with a 1798 map of the city.
“We need to be mindful about what’s going on around us,” said a resident.
There is no word on what will replace the portrait.
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