Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church No Longer Named After the General.
LEXINGTON, Va.-- Robert E. Lee's name has been stripped from a church in southwest Virginia.
On Monday, the Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church leaders voted to remove the Confederate general's name from the church and return to the original name, Grace Episcopal Church.
Robert Lee was a member at the church when he moved to Lexington after the Civil War. When the church was renamed for General Lee, it caused a rift between the congregation and forced some members to leave the church.
Leaders of the church said discussions about a name change started after white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine people in a predominately black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.
Rev. Tom Crittenden, Grace Episcopal's rector, said the church felt the name change was necessary after the violence in Charlottesville.
In San Angelo, SAISD has opted to retain Robert E. Lee's name for their middle school on Sherwood Way.