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Kentucky Mayor Responds To Charlottesville, Will Remove Two Confederate Statues Even Quicker

Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky, announced on Saturday, August 12th, that plans to take down two confederate statues at the former Lexington court house would be accelerated following the incidents of violence at last week's protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters left three people dead, including a woman killed when a driver drove through a group of peaceful counter-protesters. Dozens more were injured.

In a series of tweets, Gray said he would be seeking support from the Lexington City Council to remove the statues to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission on Tuesday, August 15th.

The statues are located at a former courthouse which is set to become a visitor's center for the city. They represent John Hunt Morgan, who served in the Mexican-American war and fought for the Confederacy until his death in 1864, and John C Breckinridge, who was the 14th Vice President of the U.S. and served as Secretary of War for the Confederacy.

The recent protests in Charlottesville were sparked by the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the south's most prominent general. By taking down these statues as quickly and quietly as possible, Gray is attempting to avoid violence while also doing what is right.

Citizens are on board with the accelerated schedule:

There are still some who feel removing the statues is refusing to recognize part of our nation's history:

But most seem to agree that acknowledging the past is different from glorifying it. Well done, Mayor Gray!

H/T - CNN, Twitter