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Duke officials investigating vandalism of Robert E. Lee statue at chapel

Posted August 17

Photo by Megan Mendenhall/Duke Photography

— Officials are investigating after a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Duke University Chapel was vandalized.

According to Duke University, the vandalism was discovered early Thursday morning.

Duke officials are reviewing surveillance video from inside the chapel and security has been increased in the area, according to the university.

“Duke Chapel is a place of sanctuary and refuge that belongs to every member of the Duke community,” Duke President Vincent E. Price said in a statement. “Each of us deserves a voice in determining how to address the questions raised by the statues of Robert E. Lee and others, and confront the darker moments in our nation’s history.

The statue of Lee is one of 10 historical figures adorning the exterior of the chapel.


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  • Wayne Hill Aug 17, 3:12 p.m.
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    You know what a real abomination is? Genocide on our own soil, directed by Lincoln's orders to Sherman for a scorched earth policy. The Union officers could not contain the soldiers and they engaged in murder, rape and arson of Southern civilians which did include the slaves they were liberating. Robert E. Lee's soldiers never citizens of the North. So using snowflake logic, do you support rape, Scott?

  • Phillip Mozingo Aug 17, 2:17 p.m.
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    If you feel that these statues are an abomination then you sir should seek counselling. They are a part of this country's history regardless of how you personally feel about them. You were not born when these statues were erected, you were not a slave, you don't know anybody that was a slave. If that isn't enough, there are several thousand black individuals who feel the same way I do. They know it's a part of history and they don't want that history repeated. A lot of these monuments being defaced have absolutely nothing to do with slavery but you wouldn't know that would you because you probably failed history class. Get a life!

  • Patrick Gentry Aug 17, 12:16 p.m.
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    Private or public defacing monuments or churches is wrong, period.

    These are agitators with no connection, I mean it was members of a communist organization, that tore down the civil war memorial outside the old courthouse.

    They don't care one bit about the war or the South or any "legacy" they want to create chaos becuase they hate America and our way of life.

  • Patrick Gentry Aug 17, 12:14 p.m.
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    Hope these criminal are caught, this is even more henious becuase it's a place of worship and this is private property.

  • Linda Tally Aug 17, 12:05 p.m.
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    Despite some people's ignorance, Duke is NOT a state or public institution. It is a private one. With the issues being raised concerning memorials connected to the Confederacy, the issue has been and will continue to be considered as to what to do with statues and plaques by the Board of Trustees. ONLY they can authorize what will and will not be displayed on the campus. I personally find the southern legacy of the Civil War to be highly distasteful, but it is seriously detrimental to the cause of furthering civil rights and protections to have those of us who object to these items defacing them anywhere they are found. Private property IS private.