A Kentucky mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues

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The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, announced plans Saturday to relocate his city's Confederate statues, following violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. He said he had meant to make the announcement later in the week.

"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week", he continued. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history". We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens. The commission oversees military heritage buildings, monuments and other resources.

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

- Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017Tuesday I will ask Council to support Lexington's petition to the Ky Military Heritage Commission, a required next step.

If his petition is successful, the statues of Confederate Brig. Gen.

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 we will also be able to add additional signage to give the statues the appropriate context and explain how they came to be and what was going on in Lexington at that time".