Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Proposes Moving Confederate Statues

Renewed Calls to Remove Confederate Symbols in Lee County

Charm City now houses four statues: the Confederate Soldiers and Sailor Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women's Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "But we will also be able to add additional signage to give the statues the appropriate context and explain how they came to be and what was going on in Lexington at that time". The board suggested removing two of the four, but for some unknown reason, the process stalled almost a year before Rawlings-Blake left office, Pugh noted.

'I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues.

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Pugh said she wants the statues to be placed in Confederate cemeteries elsewhere in Maryland. New Orleans completed the removal process at a cost of $2.1 million within two months following a lengthy court battle.

A statue of a Confederate soldier called "Old Joe" also was removed from outside the Alachua County Administration Building in Gainesville, Florida, on Monday, although the removal already had been in the works for a while. Councilman Brandon Scott told the Sun that he would introduce a resolution at Monday's Council meeting demanding removal.

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Violent clashes occurred Saturday between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

The statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge are on the grounds of Lexington's former courthouse, which is set to become a visitor's center. We hope other cities follow Lexington's example.

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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.

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