Charlottesville May Cease to Observe Lee-Jackson Day

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Ending a controversial holiday in Charlottesville is one step closer to reality.

Tuesday, city council heard a resolution which would end Charlottesville's observance of Lee-Jackson day. The date commemorates Confederate Army Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

Earlier this month, people on both sides of the issue voiced their concerns.

"We know history. We were raised on our history. I went to an all-black school, and was taught their history. They didn't want us to learn black history and they still don't," said Mary Carey, speaking against Lee-Jackson Day.

Councilors are considering moving the paid city holiday to Veteran's Day, among others. 

Charlottesville City Council will vote on the issue at its next meeting.

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