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;...

Bill Straub: In the debate about Confederate statues, the real issue is who deserves to be honored

WASHINGTON – Remove if you must the hoary statues found in our public squares dedicated to those who perpetuated treason under the banner of the Lost Cause, but by all that is holy spare the John Hunt Morgan figure that rests proudly covered in pigeon droppings on the front lawn of what was once the Fayette County Courthouse. The survival of this noble sculpture is necessary for several reasons,...

Seamus Carey: Moving memorials of Confederate alumni and what to do with the truth

By Seamus Carey Special to KyForward The issues surrounding the recent unrest in Charlottesville arrived on our doorstep in Lexington when our mayor, Jim Gray, courageously called for an acceleration of the process underway to remove two statues from Cheapside Park in downtown Lexington. Once one of the largest slave auction blocks in the country, the site of this park and the Confederate statues...

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...