Charlottesville begins covering Confederate statue in black

The statue of Confederate Army of Northern Virginia Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer is expected to make an announcement regarding the Robert E. Lee statue later in the day. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Workers in Charlottesville shrouded a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in black on Wednesday in a move intended to symbolize the city's mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month.

Live video from the scene showed a public works truck near the base of the statue and workers gathered around it with a large black drape. They used ropes and poles to cover the imposing statue of Lee on horseback as onlookers took photos and video. Some of the crowd cheered as the cover was put in place.

The city council voted Tuesday to drape the Lee statue and another of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at another nearby park. The council meeting was packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councilors over the city's response to the rally.

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