The history behind Lee-Jackson Day

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – On Monday the nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Day, but here in Virginia, Friday is Lee-Jackson Day.

Friday was actually know in Virginia as Lee-Jackson-King Day until 2000. Starting in 1983, Virginia had combined the two holidays into one single day.

Author Henry Kidd stopped by the CBS 6 studios Friday to talk about the history behind this uniquely Virginian holiday.

Kidd said the 12th Virginia Infantry will be on guard duty Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. around Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments along Monument Avenue in honor of Lee-Jackson Day. 

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