Published: Tue, August 15, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Kentucky to relocate-not to remove-Confederate statues after Charlottesville tragedy

Kentucky to relocate-not to remove-Confederate statues after Charlottesville tragedy

Mr. Gray's announcement came the same day that violence broke out in Charlottesville during clashes between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters. They now reside in the shadows of Lexington's old courthouse, which is set for a $32 million renovation to become a visitors' center that includes a bourbon bar.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Michael E. Busch said Monday the monument to former Chief Justice Roger B. Taney (TAW nee) "doesn't belong" at the State House in Annapolis.

The mayor's request comes following a weekend death in Charlottesville, Virginia when a vehicle plowed into a group of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally.

Lexington, Kentucky will be the next city to shuffle the location of two of its Confederate-era monuments, the city's mayor, Jim Gray, revealed on Saturday.

In a tweet, Lexington's mayor said "we can not let them define our future".

While the statues were not taken down, Rawlings-Blake did add signs in front of the monuments that said the Confederate Monuments were "part of a propaganda campaign of national pro-Confederate organizations to perpetuate the beliefs of white supremacy, falsify history and support segregation and racial intimidation". "We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens", he wrote. The original plan was to announce the statues' removal next week, but the deadly events that unfolded over a brutal weekend in Charlottesville have hastened Gray's decision.

The statues aren't going very far, though.

"I think this is a good solution and the right thing to do", he told the Herald-Leader.

The city council will vote on a motion to submit the petition on Tuesday, Gray said.

"We'll find the money".

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