(Richmond, VA) — Virginia’s Supreme Court is clearing the path for two statues of Confederate generals in Charlottesville to be removed. The court ruled the state’s ban on removing war memorials did not apply to those built before 1997. That ruling ends a legal battle that has drawn on for years over the fate of statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Charlottesville’s city council voted to remove the Lee statue before the 2017 white nationalist rally in that city where a woman was killed after an activist drove his car through dozens of protesters. The statues of Confederate generals were first installed in that city in the 1920s.