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In The Wake Of Charlottesville, Lexington, KY Mayor Announces Plan To Remove All Confederate Statues

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In The Wake Of Charlottesville, Lexington, KY Mayor Announces Plan To Remove All Confederate Statues





Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced Saturday in a series of Twitter posts that he intends to take action to relocate the city’s Confederate statues in the wake of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this past weekend.

Gray, 63, tweeted that the “tragic events in Charlottesville” accelerated an announcement he intended to make next week, to move two Confederate monuments from prominent places near a Lexington courthouse.

His announcement came on the same day that one person was killed and many others were injured during violent protests sparked by Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

He says he now plans to ask the city council to support Lexington’s petition to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, which he says is a required next step.



CNN adds:

The statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge are on the grounds of Lexington’s former courthouse, which is set to become a visitor’s center.

John Hunt Morgan served in the Mexican-American war, and fought for the Confederacy until his death in 1864. John C Breckinridge, who was the 14th Vice President of the US, owned slaves.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Gray told The Washington Post on Sunday. “But doing it right is just as important.”

Watch Mayor Jim Gray’s statement below.

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