Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Lexington mayor: Confederate statues to come down after Charlottesville

Renewed Calls to Remove Confederate Symbols in Lee County Lee County NAACP Wants Confederate Monuments Removed
Clarence Schmidt | 15 August, 2017, 01:16

Saturday's deadly rally in Virginia over the removal of a Confederate statue has prompted another state to take action. The board suggested removing two of the four, but for some unknown reason, the process stalled almost a year before Rawlings-Blake left office, Pugh noted.

Maryland's speaker of the House is calling for the removal of a Confederate statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the statehouse.

In the press release, Pugh also notes that she reached out to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to learn about the Big Easy's process and costs - which totaled $2.1 million for the removal of their four monuments. On Sunday, the Baltimore City Councilman Brandon Scott‏ took to twitter to announce his intentions to introduce a final draft of a resolution that would remove these monuments.

"Relocating these statues and explaining them is the right thing to do".

A mayor in Kentucky has proposed removing two Confederate monuments from his city in response to violent clashes between white nationalists and antifa in Charlottesville.

Former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration had discussed plans for altering the signage for two of the four statues and removing two of them altogether, but no action was taken before she left office past year. We hope other cities follow Lexington's example. "They are there as symbols of racial hatred and that's why we feel they should come down".

Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement Saturday that he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council to support a petition asking a state military commission for permission to move the statues of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan and Confederate Secretary of War John C. Breckinridge from the courthouse lawn to Veterans Park, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

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