The latest lawsuit over Charlottesville’s controversial Robert E. Lee statue will go to trial February 1, 2023.

During a hearing Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court, Judge Paul M. Peatross set the trial date and ordered the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, which currently has possession of the statue, to disclose the statue’s location to the plaintiffs in the case for examination before the trial, according to a Washington Post article.

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Two Confederate legacy groups are suing the city over the process it followed to give away the controversial statue, which was removed from the park in July 2021.

Late last year, Charlottesville City Council voted to give the statue to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. The heritage center was the only local organization to submit a proposal to acquire the statue, and it wants to melt the statue down and use the bronze to create a new work of art of the community’s choosing.

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