Statue at Duke Chapel Defaced

Pauline Gross
August 19, 2017

The university, located in Durham, N.C., said it removed the limestone depiction of Lee from Duke Chapel amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.

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Duke University discovered vandalism was done to a Robert E. Lee statue Thursday, including what appear to be holes in the statue's nose and forehead.

White supremacist groups organized the rally - despite President Donald Trump's claim that "very fine people" joined in for the statue's sake - and one counter-protester was left dead on Saturday after a man who had been photographed with the white supremacist group American Vanguard allegedly rammed his vehicle into a crowd.

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James Alex Fields Jr., 20, has been accused of driving his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters and has been charged with second-degree murder, among other charges.

After hearing from and consulting with a number of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and with the strong support of the Board of Trustees, I authorized the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from the entrance of Duke Chapel early this morning.

"Duke University is a place of sanctuary and refuge that belongs to every member of the Duke community", said Vincent E. Price, the school's president. Lee was among the 10 historical figures depicted at the chapel.

The violent event set off a nationwide firestorm that led to the toppling of a Confederate monument outside a Durham courthouse on Monday.

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