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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 Jim Gray asked the Urban County Arts Review Board to conduct concerning two statues – those of Civil War officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge — that have stood near the Main Street Courthouse for more than a Century. The panel has also been asked to study an historic marker, which until recently was located next to the courthouse.

The marker, which notes the history of slave trading near the Courthouse, was recently destroyed by vandals or in an attempted theft.  

“The marker will be replaced. The Urban County Arts Review Board, in its upcoming study of the statues and the marker, may give further consideration to placement and interpretation,” said Susan Straub, spokeswoman for Gray. “We will work with Kappa Alpha Psi, which funded installation of the original marker in 2003, and the state.”

The Urban County Arts Review Board is a body of artists, engineers and historians. The Board is charged with reviewing art projects on public lands to guarantee a sense of public good and to ensure they meet community standards.

In addition to the public meeting, the board plans to meet:

‣ At 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, when Gray will provide direction and answer questions from board members.

‣ At 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, when the Board will interview a variety of experts.

All meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, Government Center, 200 E. Main St., and will be televised live on G-TV3. The meetings are open to the public. Gray has asked the board to report its findings to the mayor and council in October.

From Office of the Mayor

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