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JR Zerkowski

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says two Civil War-era Confederate statues are being moved in a respectful way to a final and appropriate resting place, the Lexington Cemetery.

The mayor made his remarks Friday following an appearance at the Kentucky Humanities office where he spoke about the upcoming Kentucky Book Fair.    


Stu Johnson

The movement of two Confederate statues in Lexington this week attracted a lot of attention from various sectors of the community and beyond. 

Today the bronze likenesses of John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge sit in storage, awaiting relocation while efforts continue to finalize their placement in the Lexington Cemetery. 

 


Stu Johnson

Negotiations continue between local government and Lexington cemetery to finalize the relocation of two statues representing Confederate Civil War figures.

Interest in a resolution was heightened with this week’s removal of the two images from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse.


Josh Mers

Two statues of Confederate Civil War figures have been removed from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse in downtown Lexington. 


Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Mayor will go before the nine-member board of the Lexington Cemetery Monday afternoon.

Jim Gray will ask for approval to relocate two Confederate statues from the Old Courthouse grounds to the facility on Main Street, just west of downtown.

Since the first interment there in 1849, many people with historical significance have been laid to rest in this cemetery,  including Confederate general John Hunt Morgan and lawyer, politician, and soldier John Breckinridge. 

Speaking just a few feet from the grave of John Hunt Morgan, General Manager Mark Durbin says there are over 73,000 persons buried in the cemetery’s 170 acres.


kward@herald-leader.com Karla Ward

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Republican Party of Kentucky is denouncing vandalism scrawled on a county GOP office.

WLEX-TV reports that someone scrawled "Nazi Scum" and "Die Nazi!" on the storefront of the Republican Party of Fayette County.

Ron Garrison / Lexington Herald Leader

Following the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kentucky's second largest city is discussing the removal of two Confederate statues from its downtown.

Now a white nationalist group has announced plans to hold a rally in Lexington.