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Charlottesville to consider ending observance of Va.'s Lee-Jackson holiday

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Charlottesville is considering an end to the local observance of Virginia's Lee-Jackson day, which celebrates two Confederate generals.

The City Council is expected to take up the proposal on Tuesday, according to The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1vA1sGR).

Some residents in the home to the University of Virginia argue that the holiday is offensive to African-Americans and others who believe it celebrates the state's slave-holding heritage.

Proponents say it simply honors Southern heritage.

Charlottesville would not be alone if it decides to ignore the holiday. Richmond, Hampton, Lynchburg and Norfolk, among others, are among the localities that do not observe the state holiday.

The holiday is held the Friday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com

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