Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky, has announced he will take steps to move statutes of two Confederate generals located at the former Fayette County Courthouse in the aftermath of Saturday's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week", Gray said in a statement. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history", Kay said. He said he had meant to make the announcement later in the week. We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens.
Gray specifically pointed to Confederate statues of John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan on the lawn of the former courthouse.
- Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017Tuesday I will ask Council to support Lexington's petition to the Ky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step.
The mayor of Lexington said that he was planning to relocate the city's Confederate statues amid Charlottesville protests.
Gray's announcement comes after a day of violence was sparked in Charlottesville after white supremacists protested the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Park. One woman was killed when a driver plowed into a group of peaceful marchers.
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