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Kentucky mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues

14 August 2017

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.

Other Kentucky officials reacted by issuing statements denouncing the "hate and bigotry" exhibited in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalists gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

On Twitter he also announced plans to try and move a confederate statues in Lexington that are now at the historic courthouse.

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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.

The interesting part about Kentucky that it was officially "neutral" in the Civil War and both it and Missouri had representatives in both Union and Secessionist Congresses and armies.

The state sent troops to both sides of the war, which is remembered there as a true conflict of "brother against brother".

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Gray said in a Tweet that Tuesday he will ask Council to support Lexington's petition to the Ky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step. Gray asked the Lexington city council to support his petition for removal next week.

Gray said he is recommending the statues be moved to Veterans Park in southeast Lexington near a war memorial there.

'I think this is a good solution and the right thing to do, ' Lexington Vice Mayor Steve Kay told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Debate over the monuments in downtown Lexington dates back to the summer of 2015, when vandals painted "Black lives matter" on the statue of Morgan.

Kentucky mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues