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US Virginia nixes holiday honoring Confederate generals

20:25  07 february  2020
20:25  07 february  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Virginia is trying to move on from its Confederate past, voting Thursday to eliminate a state holiday honoring Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The Virginia House of Delegates, which gained a Democratic majority this year after more than 20 years under GOP control

The Virginia House of Delegates voted Thursday to eliminate a state holiday that honored Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “Making eElection Day a holiday serves a much more honorable purpose in this day and age than celebrating the ghosts of Virginia ’s

The Virginia House passed a bill that would eliminate a holiday celebrating two Confederate leaders and instead make Election Day a state holiday. Lee-Jackson Day honored Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and was celebrated the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Now, Virginia will no longer observe Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday, but they won't be one holiday short. Election day, which takes place nationwide on the first Tuesday in November, will become a state holiday, WTVR reports.

The bill SB 601 was first introduced by State Senator Louise Lucas and passed in the Senate in January, with a vote of 22 to 18.

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"We're here to honour General Jackson and, of course, General Lee, who is buried at the other end of town, on Lee-Jackson day, which is a holiday here in the state of Virginia . That's what this is about, we're here to honour these great generals ," stated one participant.

"To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in our most prominent places of honor is an inaccurate recitation of our full past," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Some installations openly celebrate the lore of Confederate battles. The U.S. Army Garrison at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia is named after Lt. Gen.

a close up of a sign: Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia honored two Confederate Generals. Now, it will no longer be a state holiday – Election Day will.© Provided by CBS News Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia honored two Confederate Generals. Now, it will no longer be a state holiday – Election Day will.

On Thursday, the bill passed in the Virginia House, with a vote of 55 to 42, according to the Virginia Legislative Information System.

Virginia is not the only state to observe a Confederate holiday. In 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a proclamation declaring July 13 Nathan Bedford Forrest Day. Forrest was a Confederate general, slave trader and an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Texas also observed Confederate Heroes Day, which honors Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and other Confederate heroes, on January 19th. Last year, Rep. Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston) filed HB 1183 to eliminate Confederate Heroes Day as a state holiday, according to CBS Austin. The bill died in committee.

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