Virginia votes to eliminate state holiday honoring two Confederate generals; create a new Election Day holiday

In a 22-18 vote, the Virginia Senate just passed SB 601, which will eliminate Lee-Jackson Day and replace it with Election Day as a state holiday .

Virginia celebrates Lee-Jackson Day the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday honors both Confederate traitors, Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The Bill now goes back to the House where Del. Joe Lindsey introduced a similar bill.

Governor Ralph Northam announced his support for the legislation earlier this month.


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