I am very happy to take part in this unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee. All over the United States we recognize him as a great leader of men, as a great general. But, also, all over the United States I believe that we recognize him as something much more important than that. We recognize Robert E. Lee as one of our greatest American Christians and one of our greatest American gentlemen. – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on June 12, 1936 in Dallas, Texas. Source
Last night, under cover of darkness, Virginia’s statue of Robert E. Lee was removed from the US Capitol Building. He has been replaced with a statue of Barbara Jones, who led a protest against the conditions of her segregated school while a student, and lived out her life quietly as a librarian. Without taking away from her accomplishments, it can be safely said that they pale in comparison to those of Lee, and many Virginians who came before. Our history is being changed and forcibly forgotten right before our eyes.