Lee’s great-great grandson of Gen. Robert E. Lee condemned last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said it might be “appropriate” for Confederate statues to be exhibited in a museum.
“Eventually, someone is going to have to make a decision, and if that’s the local lawmaker, so be it. But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence. And if they choose to take those statues down, fine,” Robert E. Lee V, 54, of Washington DC, told CNN.
“Maybe it’s appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard,” he added.
Gen. Robert E. Lee’s bronze statue in Charlottesville was at the center of violent clashes last weekend between white supremacists
— who converged on a park once bearing Lee’s name to oppose a plan to remove the statue — and counterprotesters.
One counterprotester, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured when
Lee, who works as an athletic director at a Virginia school, called Saturday’s incidents “senseless” and “sad” for his family.
“Those sorts of acts on Saturday, that’s just not to be tolerated,” he said. “We feel strongly that Gen. Lee would never ever stand for that sort of violence.”
“We just want people to know that the Lee family just really wants to send their best to the people in Charlottesville,” Lee added.