Lexington, Ky. Mayor Says Confederate Statues Are Coming Down After Charlottesville

Frederick Owens
August 14, 2017

A mayor in Kentucky is pushing to relocate two Confederate statues following protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in three dead and several more injured.

"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week", he continued.

Lexington's mayor responded to the racially-charged violence in Virginia by announcing steps to take down two Confederate statues located at the former courthouse. 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. "Whether in Charlottesville, or in Pikeville, Kentucky, where a KKK rally was held earlier this year, hate and violence is nothing but an attempt to silence people who understand the true value of American freedoms". "We can not allow hate and bigotry to tear down democracy and freedom".

The statues of Hunt Morgan - a Confederate general - and Breckinridge - the last Confederate Secretary of War - also stand on the same ground that was once one of the largest slave markets in the South, Gray said. We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens, Gray said.

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Dark's declaration comes following a day of viciousness was started in Charlottesville after racial oppressors dissented the evacuation of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a recreation center.

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

"The Civil War was a dark and tragic time in our nation's history", Gray says.

No mention of where the statues would be relocated.

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