Leaders of Alexandria’s Christ Church say plaques may be ‘obstacle to identity as a welcoming church’ amid national conversation about symbols of slavery

A historic Virginia church is relocating two plaques in its sanctuary honoring George Washington and the Confederate general Robert E Lee, who both worshipped there.

Leaders of Christ Church in Alexandria sent a letter to congregation members on Thursday, explaining the decision. It said the leaders decided the plaques, which have hung either side of the altar since 1870, were creating a distraction and “may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church”.

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