On Saturday, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, said that he is going to remove two Confederate monuments from his city's former courthouse in light of the racial unrest and terrorism in Charlottesville, Va.
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Mr. Gray's announcement came the same day that violence broke out in Charlottesville during clashes between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters. "All of that is to say that nothing about a decision like this is casual for me or for any of us", said Gray.
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".
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US President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate President Jefferson Davis were both born in Kentucky.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Gray announced in a statement he would be asking the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council to ask the state military commission for permission to take down the statues. They can be found in public parks, courthouses and capitol buildings, among other locations. "We can not let them define our future".
"It's the right thing to do", he told the Post. If approved, the statues will simply be relocated to a nearby park honoring veterans, which doesn't seem like enough.
Debate over the monuments in downtown Lexington dates back to the summer of 2015, when vandals painted "Black lives matter" on the statue of Morgan.