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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington business closed in honor of Robert E. Lee's birthday


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Many businesses and schools were closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday. Today at least one Wilmington business was closed in remembrance of another American leader.

Neighbors noticed Woodbury & Co. Commercial and Personal Insurance off Military Cutoff was closed today in honor of the birthday of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The controversial move has people on both sides of the argument speaking out.

"I think they shouldn't shut down for Robert. E. Lee's birthday, because it's not a holiday, and they're missing out on their money and their business," Christopher McDougal of Wilmington said.

Jack Stanfield of Wilmington said, "If the business owner feels he needs to close for respect to what our nation has stood for, then he should have the right to do it himself."

Many small business owners we spoke with said they were open on both MLK Day and Robert E. Lee's birthday, because they say they could not afford to close.

We were unable to reach anyone at Woodbury & Co. to see why they chose to take Lee's birthday off.

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