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Charlottesville Shrouds Robert E. Lee Statue at Center of Confederate Controversy

At a heated meeting, the city council voted to drape the Lee statue and one of "Stonewall" Jackson in black fabric

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    Workers cover a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia (Published Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017)

    Workers in Charlottesville shrouded a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in black on Wednesday in a move intended to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month.

    Live video from the scene showed a public works truck near the base of the statue and workers gathered around it with a large black drape. They used ropes and poles to cover the imposing statue of Lee on horseback as onlookers took photos and video. Some of the crowd cheered as the cover was put in place.

    The city council voted Tuesday to drape the Lee statue and one of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at another nearby park. The council meeting was packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councilors over the city's response to the rally.

    Meanwhile, the Washington National Cathedral will decide soon whether to remove two 8-foot-by-4-foot stained glass windows that memorialize Gen. Lee and Gen. Jackson, NBC Washington reported.

    Chaos at Charlottesville City Council Meeting

    [NATL] Chaos at 1st Charlottesville City Council Meeting Since Violent Rally

    A protest erupted inside the Charlottesville city council chambers on Monday, Aug. 22, as councilors held their first meeting since the deadly rally over the city's Confederate statue on Aug. 12, 2017. The crowd screamed at councilors and eventually took over the meeting, which caused for police intervention.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017)

    The Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" event was believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade.

    White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed violently in the street that day, largely uninterrupted by authorities, until the event was declared an unlawful assembly and the crowd was forced to disperse. Later, a car rammed into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

    James Alex Fields Jr. has been charged in her death.

    The death toll for the day climbed to three when a helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two state troopers.