Robert E. Lee's great-grandson said it may be "appropriate" for Confederate statues to come down and be exhibited in museums following the violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., last week, according to a report.

"Eventually someone is going to have to make a decision, and if that's the local lawmaker, so be it. But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence. And if they choose to take those statues down, fine," Robert E. Lee V told CNN.

"Maybe it's appropriate to have them in museums or to put them in some sort of historical context in that regard," Lee added.

The removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate Civil War general, was at the heart of a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va, last weekend. Amid a violent clash between white supremacy groups and counter-protesters, Heather Heyer died after a car sped into a group of counter-demonstrators. A suspect, James Alex Fields, has been charged with second-degree murder.