Published: Tue, August 15, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

One mayor in Kentucky is pushing to move Confederate monuments

One mayor in Kentucky is pushing to move Confederate monuments

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray tweeted Saturday that he planned to take steps to remove two Confederate memorials from the former county courthouse grounds on Main Street. Scott's resolution was reported in the newspaper's coverage of a march demonstrators organized in response to the deadly white supremacist demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia.

'The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week, ' Gray said in a statement just hours after a protest of the removal of a Confederate statue in the Virginia city devolved into violent clashes.

While the statues were not taken down, Rawlings-Blake did add signs in front of the monuments that said the Confederate Monuments were "part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history and support segregation and racial intimidation".

"Today's events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups", Mr.

According to CNN, Morgan served in the Mexican-American war and fought for the Confederacy until he dropped dead in 1864.

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Kentucky was officially neutral during the Civil War, but came under Union control early in the conflict.

US President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis were both born in Kentucky. They can be found in public parks, courthouses and capitol buildings, among other locations.

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

In addition to getting the military commission's approval, the city needs to come up with the funds to move the historic monuments.

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