Kentucky mayor says he wants to move two Confederate statues

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Democratic Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he is taking steps to remove confederate statues in the city.

I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues.

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

Gray said he had planned to announce the decision next week but did so on Saturday because of what he called "the tragic events in Charlottesville", which he said "remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups".

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The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement Saturday he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council at its Tuesday work session to ask a state military commission for permission to take down the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.

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

Three people died in connection with the white nationalist rally.

Gray's announcement to move the statues the same day as multiple people were killed and injured in Virginia after a vehicle drove into counter-protesters who had clashed with white nationalists around a Confederate-era statue in Charlottesville.

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