US Kentucky mayor announces removal of Confederate statues in wake of Charlottesville

04:20  13 august  2017
04:20  13 august  2017 Source:   The Hill

Mayor on relocating Confederate statues: "We must act"

  Mayor on relocating Confederate statues: Mayor Jim Gray says weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville led him to announce plans to move statuesThe violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the latest in a series of tense demonstrations over plans to remove Confederate monuments. From New Orleans to San Antonio, communities across the South are taking a critical look at these symbols – and in some cases, removing them.

Officials in Austin, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky , have already voted to remove statues , and New Orleans is about to do the same. In Charlottesville , Virginia, a statue of Robert E. Lee was erected nearly 100 years ago, but there, as in other cities, the Confederate symbol is now at the center of a

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Kentucky mayor announces removal of Confederate statues in wake of Charlottesville© Provided by The Hill Kentucky mayor announces removal of Confederate statues in wake of Charlottesville The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky is accelerating his plans to remove Confederate statues from key locations in the city due to violence spurred by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday.

"I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues. We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens," Mayor Jim Gray (D) said on Twitter.

"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week," he continued.

Gray said he is looking to remove Confederate statues at the city's Historic Courthouse, which will be the city's new visitors center.

Confederate monuments face increased scrutiny, calls for removal

  Confederate monuments face increased scrutiny, calls for removal "When you see the violence that we saw in Charlottesville then you know that you must act," mayor of Lexington, Ky., saysThere are hundreds of similar confederate monuments in more than half the states.

- The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky , says after the events in Charlottesville , Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate -era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.

(AP) — The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky , says after the events in Charlottesville , Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate -era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.

The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week.

Gray's announcement comes after a day of violence was sparked in Charlottesville after white supremacists protested the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Park.

White nationalist, white supremacist and alt-right groups were initially scheduled to gather in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park Saturday to protest the city's decision to remove a Confederate statue there.

But as clashes broke out ahead of the so-called "Unite the Right" rally Saturday morning, police declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, breaking up the event before it officially began.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) confirmed Saturday night that at least three people were killed in the violent clashes.

McAuliffe had declared a state of emergency for the city after clashes between white nationalist and Nazi groups and counter-protestors.


Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues in black fabric .
 Charlottesville, Virginia, is planning to cover the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in blackThe Daily Progress reports the city council voted unanimously early Tuesday to shroud the statues in fabric to represent Charlottesville's mourning of Heather Heyer. The 32-year-old woman was killed Saturday when a car rammed into a group of people protesting a white nationalist rally in the city.

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