Lexington Mayor Jim Gray met with residents, Tuesday, to discuss the relocation of the Confederate-era statues of General John Hunt Morgan and Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge following Saturday's unrest in Charlottesville.
«The civil war was a dark and tragic time in our nation's history. We need to remember it and not erase it. By relocating these statues and adding context... Еще and balance, we want to establish an opportunity to learn about a truthful history,» said the Gray.
The city’s residents were divided over the proposal. «We see that you have succumbed to the pressure of removing and an attempt to show by these people that they have the power to change the history of our city,» said one of the residents, Anita Calvin, as she spoke in favour of keeping the statues at their locations.
On her end, another resident, Marilyn Dishman, noted, «There's one thing that's different about preserving history, than to celebrate a warped history.»
The Lexington monuments proposed for the relocation are reportedly built near the site of one of the country's largest slave auction blocks. Mayor Gray proposed to relocate the statues to Veterans Park in southeast Lexington Gray will need the approval of the city council and the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission in order for the proposal to go forward.
White nationalist protests in Charlottesville on August 12 culminated in the death of a person after a car rammed into a group of counter-protesters. In response to the tragedy, a wave of demonstrations swept the country with protesters condemning displays of racial hatred and acts of violence by white nationalist groups.
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