LEXINGTON, Va. – Faculty at Washington and Lee University have voted to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the school, but that doesn’t mean necessarily such a change will occur.

The motion was approved on Monday during a special video conference meeting attended by faculty members. The recommendation was sent to the board of trustees, which would have to make any change.

The faculty meeting was called by school President Will Dudley after 225 faculty members signed a petition seeking the removal of all references to the Confederacy from the campus, as well as from the W&L name. Faculty members started talking about a possible name change a couple of weeks ago during a virtual meeting.

A school spokesperson says “there are no current plans to change” the name.

The school was named for early benefactor George Washington and Lee, who was a president of the university and is buried in a campus chapel.


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