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Lexington Mayor to Relocate Confederate Statues Amid Charlottesville Events

13 Août 2017

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.

The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history. We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens", Gray said on Twitter on Saturday.

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

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- 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 statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge stand outside the city's courthouse.

The neo-Nazis had gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

But as clashes broke out ahead of the so-called "Unite the Right" rally Saturday morning, police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.

Lexington Mayor to Relocate Confederate Statues Amid Charlottesville Events