A Kentucky mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues

Lexington Mayor Seeks to Relocate Confederate Statues

Lexington Mayor Seeks to Relocate Confederate Statues

The Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has stated it supports the removal of two Confederate monuments in Lexington, one day after Mayor Jim Gray said he is taking steps to remove the statues from the former Fayette County Courthouse on Main Street.

Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement Saturday he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council next week to ask a state commission for permission to take down the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the commission is likely to approve the removal because there's a plan to move the statues to a park. But New Orleans avoided the violence that befell Charlottesville as that city prepares to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee; Charlottesville renamed its Lee Park as Emancipation Park.

Morgan was a Confederate general and slave owner.

Breckinridge was vice president of the United States under President James Buchanan before the Civil War, but later became the Confederate Secretary of War.

"I think this is a good solution and the right thing to do", Kay said at the time.

The Lexington Herald Leader reported in 2016 that Gray had then chose to keep the statues but wanted to add historical context to them.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.