Leaders at the R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Virginia have voted to remove the Confederate general’s name from the parish after demands to disavow the Civil War figure divided the congregation following last month’s violent clashes in Charlottesville.

The former Confederate commander had joined the church’s congregation when he moved to Lexington in 1865, following his surrender to Union troops. He served as a senior warden until his death in 1870, and the church was named after General Robert E. Lee in 1903.

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