Washington National Cathedral to remove windows honoring Confederate generals


The order states that there will be a hearing on Thursday at 1:30 p.m instead now to decide its fate.

Charlottesville City Council has voted to remove a second Confederate monument just weeks after violent white nationalist protests over a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee led to three deaths.

Tuesday's vote would also expedite the removal of the Lee statue as well, according to NBC News.

The Charlottesville city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover Confederate statues in black cloth. Only 29 percent supported the statues' removal and more than 57 percent said they'd supported the "alternative plan".

And then, after hours of preparation, all action halted at 4:45 p.m.

The vote also would quicken the relocation of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was the focus of a white nationalist demonstration last month that led to the death of Heather Heyer after a auto plowed into a group of anti-protesters.

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Confederate memorials have been under increased scrutiny since the deadly violence in August.

In a statement, Cathedral leaders said they've debated for two years whether to remove the windows honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Under their plan, the city would leave the Lee statue in the park with the addition of a plaque explaining the historical perspective of the statue.

Wednesday's vote was met with some opposition.

As offered by Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy, it notes that the monuments were erected several decades after the Civil War ended, calling them "20th Century testaments to a fictionalized, glorified narrative of the rightness of the Southern cause in that war, when the actual cause was an insurrection against the United States of America promoting the right of southern states to perpetuate the institution of slavery".

The council is arguing that the statues constitute a public nuisance and deprive African-American citizens of the right to enjoy the parks without these divisive symbols towering over the property.