A Virginia church that Robert E. Lee belonged to after the Civil War will no longer be named after the Confederate general.
Leaders of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia, voted Monday to return to the parish's original name of Grace Episcopal Church.
At Grace Episcopal, Lee served in the church leadership as senior warden.
He died in 1870 and the church changed its name to R.E. Lee Memorial in 1903.
Leaders of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church voted Monday to return to the parish's original name of Grace Episcopal Church. The vote comes after the violent protests in Charlottesville
The seven to five vote comes after two years of heated debate, the hiring of a conflict resolution consultant, which cost $16,000, and the departure of some members from the church.
Parish leaders first considered a name change in 2015 after white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
But the vote to remove Lee's name failed and divided the congregation.
A vestry member, who is elected by the congregation to run the affairs of a parish, and the church's treasurer even resigned after the vote failed.
'It's been a very divisive issue for two years,' the Rev. Tom Crittenden, the church's rector, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The vote comes after two years of heated debate and divide within the congregation. Debate first started 2015 after white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine people at a black church in Charleston
'But Charlottesville seems to have moved us to this point. Not that we have a