Robert E. Lee’s former church is no longer named after him

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Isolated photo of Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate forces at Gettysburg

LEXINGTON, Va. — The Virginia church that Robert E. Lee joined after the Civil War is no longer named after the Confederate general.

After a two-year debate, leaders of R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church voted Monday to change the church’s name back to Grace Episcopal Church, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Discussions began in 2015 after Dylann Roof killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Rev. Tom Crittenden, the church’s rector, said Charlottesville played a large part in the final decision.

“It’s been a very divisive issue for two years,” Rev. Crittenden said. “But Charlottesville seems to have moved us to this point. Not that we have a different view of Lee historically in our church, but we have appreciation for our need to move on.”

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