Virginia lawmakers pass bill ending Lee-Jackson holiday

Virginia lawmakers pass bill ending Lee-Jackson holiday
The House is expected to vote on a Senate bill that would end Lee-Jackson Day and make Election Day a holiday. (Source: WVIR)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill scrapping the state’s Lee-Jackson holiday celebrating two Confederate generals and replacing it with one on Election Day.

The House on Monday approved legislation that has already cleared the Senate, advancing the measure to Gov. Ralph Northam.

Lee-Jackson Day, established over 100 years ago, is observed annually on the Friday preceding the third Monday in January.

It honors Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Both were native Virginians.

Critics of the Lee-Jackson holiday view it as a celebration of the state’s slave-holding history that’s offensive to African Americans.

Many cities and counties have opted not to observe it.

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