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Church to move George Washington plaque

Christ church in Alexandria, Virginia told their congregation the plaques of America's first President and that of the Confederate Robert E. Lee "may create an obstacle to our identity as a welcoming church."

The plaques currently hang on either side of the altar inside the church and have been there since 1870. Moving them, because of their lack of religious purpose had been discussed before.

Earlier this year there were protests over the future of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville as well as violent rallies by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, prompting the discussion in Alexandria to progress.

They will most likely be moved to somewhere else within the church though. According to CNN, Emily Bryan, the Senior Warden of the church said they would be "in a place that better tells our history".

A committee will decide the new location in the summer of 2018.

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