A historic Episcopal church in Alexandria, Virginia is moving two plaques honoring George Washington and Robert E. Lee that have hung on either side of the altar since 1870.
Christ Church's leaders have reportedly discussed shifting the location of the plaques for years, but the issue has been viewed as more urgent after white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, according to the church rector. Washington and Lee were parishioners of the church; the plaques commemorating them will remain in place until a new spot for them is chosen next year.
"The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome," Emily Bryan, senior warden of Christ Church, said in a speech to the congregation that was reported by CNN.
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