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Judge orders removal of tarps covering Confederate statues in Charlottesville

The black shrouds that for six months have covered two Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Va., the site of a deadly white nationalist rally last summer, must come down, a Virginia judge declared on Tuesday.

The City of Charlottesville has 15 days to remove the tarps over the statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, which were shielded from the public’s view shortly after violent clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters last August. City officials said at the time that they were covered for a period of mourning, but the judge said on Tuesday that Charlottesville did not appear to have any intention of removing them.



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