Lexington mayor announces expedited plans to remove Confederate statues


The bloody rally that took place today in Virginia resulted in 3 people being killed, nearly two-dozen injured, and hundreds being tamed by riot police. The rally was in reaction to a decision made by officials in Charlottesville to remove a statue of General Lee from a local park.

Based on the events in Virginia, the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky announced Saturday that he is expediting plans to remove Confederate statues from public locations in the city.

In a multi-part tweet, he wrote:

“I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues. We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens. The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week. Tuesday I will ask Council to support Lexington’s petition to the Ky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step. Details to come. Lexington’s Confederate statues of Breckinridge & Hunt Morgan located at our Historic Courthouse, which will soon be our new visitors center.”

The tweets grabbed numerous reactions both against, and for the decision.  One person tweeted in response: “The history is terrible but cannot & should not be erased, people have to learn about the hatred & suffering that was overcome.”

Another comment: “No one is worshiping these statues, there were good men & generals on both sides, there were terrible slaveholders on both”

James P. Gray II
 (born 1953) is the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky (Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government). Gray served as the city’s vice-mayor from 2006 to 2010 before being elected mayor in November 2010. Gray won re-election to another four-year term on November 4, 2014. In 2016, he ran for the United States Senate seat held by U.S. Senator Rand Paul. Gray won the May 17 Democratic primary with nearly 60% of the vote but lost the November 8 general election to Paul.

Gray was Chairman and CEO of Gray Construction, an engineering, design, and construction company headquartered in Lexington.Once elected, he took an advisory role as Chair of the Board of Directors to focus on his role as mayor

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