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Experts to speak as Lexington explores options for controversial statues, marker

 

Lexington’s Urban County Arts Review Board will meet from 3-5 p.m. today in the Council Chamber to hear from a variety of experts as it explores the treatment and placement of the John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge statues, and an historical marker describing the slave trade.
 

The statue of John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate officer, is one of two statues and a historical marker under review. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

The statue of John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate officer, is one of two statues and a historical marker under review. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

The meeting will be open to the public, streamed live on www.lexingtonky.gov and televised on GTV3. The meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, Government Center, 200 E. Main St.
 

Five experts will appear in person: Wallis Miller, a University of Kentucky professor of architecture with expertise in 19th and 20th Century buildings; Maryjean Wall, local historian; Yvonne Giles, local historian with expertise in African-American history in Lexington; Foster Ockerman, an attorney and vice chair of the Lexington History Museum; and Bettie Kerr, the city’s director of Historic Preservation. In addition, two experts have submitted written comments: James Klotter, State Historian of Kentucky and Georgetown College professor; and Amy Taylor, University of Kentucky professor of history.
 

A replacement has been ordered for the historical marker, which was recently destroyed by vandals or in an attempted theft. The Lexington Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity funded installation of the original marker in 2003. The city will pay to replace the marker.
 

Two additional board meetings — also open to the public, held in Council Chamber, televised on GTV3 and streamed live on www.lexingtonky.gov — are planned:
 

· Citizens are invited to attend and speak out at the board’s public forum set for 6-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21. Renee Shaw of KET will moderate the public discussion.
 

· The board will meet from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, to begin its discussion of the recommendations it will make to the mayor and council.
 

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