• Duke will leave Robert E. Lee statue site empty for good

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    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke University is making permanent its earlier decision to leave vacant the space where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's statue formerly stood.

    The private university in Durham, North Carolina, plans to install a plaque explaining the empty spot outside the door to its Gothic-style campus chapel. Duke University President Vincent Price announced his decision Thursday in an email to students, faculty and others at the school. Duke also plans to honor the school's first black students.

    Lee was among 10 figures depicted at or near Duke Chapel's entrance before the statue was removed last year. The statue was vandalized and then removed in the aftermath of violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August. One woman died in the protests spawned by white nationalists over the fate of another Lee monument.

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