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Washington and Lee University Removing Confederate Flags from Chapel

LEXINGTON, Va. ― Washington and Lee University says it is removing Confederate battle flags from Lee Chapel on its Lexington campus and will continue to study its historical involvement with slavery.

The move was announced in a lengthy email from university president Kenneth Rusio to faculty and students on Tuesday.

This spring, a group of law students demanded the school banish the flag from campus and repudiate one of its namesakes, Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The Roanoke Times reports that while the reproduction flags will be removed, the school expects to display original flags on a rotating basis.

The private liberal arts college will continue to allow groups to use the chapel for lectures but won’t let them to β€œmarch” on campus or use it as a platform to espouse their statements.

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