Lexington Mayor Gray tweeted out several statements in response to the violence that broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
The Lexington mayor had originally planned to announce the move next week, but was compelled to take immediate action after horrific events in Charlottesville, in which clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters resulted in one death and many injuries.
Today's events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups. He said Saturday's tragic events in Charlottesville caused him to accelerate the announcement. "We can not allow hate and bigotry to tear down democracy and freedom".
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Under state law, the Lexington city council must petition the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission to remove the statues, as well a propose a place to move them to.
"It's just not right for us to continue to honor these Confederate men who fought to preserve slavery on the same ground that men, women and even children were once sold into a life of slavery", Gray said.
The two monuments honor Lexington native John C. Breckinridge, a former USA vice president who became the final war secretary of the Confederacy, and John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate general who raised the "Lexington Rifles" and died in battle.
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Dark said he is hoping to expel Confederate statues at the city's Historic Courthouse, which will be the city's new guests focus.
Dark's declaration comes following a day of viciousness was started in Charlottesville after racial oppressors dissented the evacuation of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a recreation center.
Gray further explained his reasoning in a video on Sunday. "And yes, we need to remember it and not erase it".
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