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When the Toppled Statue Is of Your Great-Great-Great-Grandfather

Clayton Wickham, 28, said he used to think of the statue of his great-great-great-grandfather as “just a statue that had my name on it that was kind of cool to walk by every now and then.”But as Wickham learned more about his ancestor, the statue became a source of discomfort, and then of shame.And so when protesters in Richmond, Virginia, recently tore down the bronze statue of Williams Carter Wickham, a Confederate general and plantation owner, Wickham was glad to see it fall.Not all the Wickhams were happy. But, as for Robert W. Lee IV, a great-great-great-great-nephew of the Confederate general, and Frank Rizzo Jr., the son of the former Philadelphia mayor,

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