Kentucky mayor announces removal of Confederate statues in wake of Charlottesville

Claudine Rigal
Août 13, 2017

The mayor of Lexington said after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate-era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse. He said he had meant to make the announcement later in the week. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history", Kay said.

"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week", he continued.

Gray will ask on Tuesday the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council to petition to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission to have statues in the city relocated.

Gray said he is looking to remove Confederate statues at the city's Historic Courthouse, which will be the city's new visitors center.

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.

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.

Gray tweeted on Saturday that his decision was accelerated in response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Three people were killed, including a woman who died after a driver plowed into a group of peaceful marchers.

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