Lexington Mayor Seeks to Relocate Confederate Statues

Pauline Gross
Августа 14, 2017

"I am making a move to migrate the Confederate statues".

Gray's announcement came on the same day that one person was killed and at least 19 were injured in Charlottesville, Va., after a violent skirmish that erupted around the removal of a Confederate statue there. Jim Gray had meant to make the announcement next week, but said that the events in Charlottesville, VA, the site of a right-wing rally that resulted in the death of a counterprotester, forced him to speak up sooner.

Rallies and marches in support of yesterday's victims and refuting the message of hate and violence expressed by the white supremacists are taking place across the US. The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week. "We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens", Mayor Jim Gray (D) said on Twitter.

The two monuments honor Lexington native John C. Breckinridge, a former U.S. vice president who became the final war secretary of the Confederacy, and John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate general who raised the "Lexington Rifles" and died in battle. "On Tuesday I will ask the Council to support Lexington's petition to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step". According to the Southern Poverty Law Center as of July, 60 Confederate symbols had already been removed from city- and state-owned land all across the United States.

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Dark said he is hoping to expel Confederate statues at the city's Historic Courthouse, which will be the city's new guests focus.

Gray further explained his reasoning in a video on Sunday.

'I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history. "And yes, we need to remember it and not erase it".

No mention of where the statues would be relocated.

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