|RT | Aug 13, 2017|
On Saturday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said that Confederate-era symbols – statues of Generals Breckinridge and Hunt Morgan – will be taken down from the historic courthouse in Lexington.
I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues. We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens.— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017
The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week.— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017
Tuesday I will ask Council to support Lexington’s petition to the Ky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step. Details to come.— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017
“The mayor’s intent is to keep those statutes where they are and provide more context,” a senior adviser to Gray, Chris Corcoran, said in February as cited by local Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper. “We are not pursuing moving the statues.”
The planned relocation of a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park led to Saturday’s protests in Charlottesville. Tensions flared during the event as counter-protesters faced off with the far-right crowd. One woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a car ran into anti-far-right demonstrators.