Virginia Campus Removes Confederate Flags

Supporters of a Sons of Confederate Veterans rally wave flags in protest at Hopkins Green in Lexington, Va., Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo)
Supporters of a Sons of Confederate Veterans rally wave flags in protest at Hopkins Green in Lexington, Va., Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo)
Supporters of a Sons of Confederate Veterans rally wave flags in protest at Hopkins Green in Lexington, Va. when the city was in talks to ban public displays of confederate flags, Sept. 1, 2011. (AP Photo)

 

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington and Lee University says it is removing Confederate battle flags from its campus.

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 group at the private liberal arts college found the flag troublesome in part because they had to pledge to an honor code in its prescence at the Lee Chapel.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1kAR38d) that while the flags will be removed, the school expects to display original flags from a Civil War museum on a rotating basis.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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