Lexington mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, says after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate-era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 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.

Before the Civil War, Cheapside Park was one of the largest slave auction blocks in the south, one of the reasons Gray says their current location is not important.

"I don't think that its right that we would continue to honor and glorify these men, these Confederate men who at one time fought to preserve slavery. their statues are on the very grounds where men, women, and sometimes children would be sold into slavery. its just not right to honor them in this way, at this site," said Mayor Gray.

After the council hears Mayor Gray's reasoning and proposal Tuesday, they will then vote to add the topic to the docket for Thursday's meeting which is when a vote for approval could take place.

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