Lexington Sets Public Meeting on Civil War Statues, Marker

Jul 27, 2015

Someone used spray paint to write "Black Lives Matter" on the pedestal of the John Hunt Morgan statue on the lawn of the old Fayette County Courthouse in downtown Lexington, Friday June 26, 2015.
Credit Ron Garrison / Lexington Herald Leader

A public meeting is being held in Lexington next month for residents to express their opinions about two Civil War statues and a historic marker in the city.

Mayor Jim Gray asked the Urban County Arts Review Board to review the statues and marker. He says the city should acknowledge its history but should also provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all residents.

The statues are of Civil War officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge. They have stood near the Main Street Courthouse for more than a century. The historic marker in a park next to the courthouse notes the history of slave trading nearby. The marker has been in place since 2003.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. EDT Aug. 24 in the Council Chamber.