West Point Begins Removing Confederate Monuments From Campus; Robert E. Lee Portrait And Bust Cleared Out

Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Kehl, 8th Civil Engineering Squadron fire chief, receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Dec. 29, 2020. The Wolfpack received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine given to healthcare workers, emergency personnel, and first responders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jordan Garner)

At a glance

  • “During the holiday break, we will begin a multi-phased process, in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) directives, to remove, rename or modify assets and real property at the United States Military Academy (USMA) and West Point installation that commemorate or memorialize the Confederacy or those who voluntarily served with the Confederacy,” Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland wrote in a letter to the West Point community.
  • Along with Lee’s portrait and bust, West Point is also replacing a quote from the southern general that is displayed at the campus’ Honor Plaza.
  • Gilland wrote that a committee will determine a new quote that will replace Lee’s quote by the spring of 2023.

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