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.
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 (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017
The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I intended to make next week.— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017
Today's events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017
Thank you for taking a healthy stance. You are not erasing history. You are moving in a direction of respect!— Caitlin Schwerin (@caitlinschwerin) August 14, 2017
They don't! They serve as a reminder of how far our country has come. You can't erase the past.— Sandra Covert (@sandracvrt) August 13, 2017