Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Lexington Mayor Seeks to Relocate Confederate Statues

Lexington Mayor Seeks to Relocate Confederate Statues

He then said that he is taking steps to remove two monuments to John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge from the site of what is going to become a visitor's center.

In light of yesterday's events, where white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Mayor Jim Gray has chose to expedite the removal of Confederate monuments in Lexington. "While it will never make up for the loss of a member of our community, we will pursue charges against the driver of the vehicle that caused her death and are confident justice will prevail", the city of Charlottesville said in a statement.

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Under state law, the Lexington city council must petition the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission to remove the statues, as well a propose a place to move them to. John Hunt Morgan and Maj. Gen.

Mayor Jim Gray took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon and first did what our president could not-clearly condemned the white supremacist violence in Virginia.

Gray said he is recommending the statues be moved to Veterans Park in southeast Lexington near a war memorial there. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, formerly named Lee Park.

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'I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues.

In 2015, SC removed the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol.

While supporters of the removal of such monuments decry Confederate symbols as representative of racist hatred, others argue that they should continue to be on public display as remnants of Southern heritage. Two new monuments honoring Kentucky's Union history will also be added, he said in the video posted on Facebook.

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