Lexington Cemetery trustees agree in principle to relocation of Breckinridge, Morgan statues

Lexington Cemetery trustees stepped up for the City of Lexington Monday, giving a conditional “yes” to accepting the John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge statues. Before the decision is final, the city must fine-tune an agreement with the trustees. Mayor Jim Gray, Police Chief Mark Barnard; Dr. C.B. Akins, pastor First Baptist Bracktown, representing the African-American Collaborative Coalition;...

Billy Reed: Breckinridge is one of only three Kyians to serve as U.S. vice president, but remove statue

Since becoming a state in 1792, Kentucky has produced three men who have served as Vice-President of the United States. The first was Richard Mentor Johnson, who was V.P. under Martin Van Buren from 1837-’41, and the last was Alben Barkley, who was Harry S. Truman’s “Veep” from 1948-’52. The one in the middle was John C. Breckinridge, who was only 35 years old when he was elected Vice-President...

Old Time Kentucky: Lincoln, a hero to legions, was largely unloved in his native Bluegrass State

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist No son of Kentucky is more famous or more revered than Abraham Lincoln, and rightly so. His 1809 birthplace near Hodgenville, the LaRue County seat, is a national shrine. Lincoln’s statue stands tall in the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort. Yet no president was more unpopular in Kentucky than the Great Emancipator, who got less than one percent of the Bluegrass State’s...

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...

New date set for public meeting to discuss Lexington’s Civil War statues, marker

A public meeting to give Lexington citizens an opportunity to express their opinions about the location and presentation of two of of the city’s Civil War statues and an historic marker, has been rescheduled. The meeting will now be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21.   Public meeting moved to Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m. The meeting, with KET’s Renee Shaw as moderator, is part of a review Mayor...