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Heated exchanges unfold during weekend protest over Confederate monument in Murray

Conversations on whether to remove Confederate monuments are continuing across the nation. A 24-hour protest in Murray, to move the Confederate statue on Court Square, began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to a Paducah television station. It was organized by Sunrise Movement Murray and Murray State College Democrats, WPSD reported. Their goal was to have at least five people...

Constance Alexander: Discussing the topic of race relations means not hitting the snooze button

On June 25, the Murray City Council voted unanimously to recommend to the Calloway County Judge-Executive that the statue of a Confederate soldier in the likeness of General Robert E. Lee — which has commandeered the courthouse square since 1917 – be removed from the courthouse property and relocated to an appropriate venue. Three weeks later another unanimous resolution passed; this one signed...

Stuart Sanders: Bemoaning statues? Then support places where history actually happened

Confederate monuments are in the crosshairs. Officials in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and beyond are calling for the removal of memorials to rebels and their cause. In Kentucky, authorities evicted the Jefferson Davis statue from the capitol rotunda. Members of Congress have also considered striking rebel names from military bases and might remove 11 statues from the U.S. Capitol. This news...

City of Lexington, partners invite public to join in walks for inclusion, healing in Cheapside Aug. 10-12

The public is invited to join the City of Lexington and community partners for four storytelling walks that will feature the painful and under-told history related to Cheapside while celebrating wonderful contributions made by African-Americans. Two additional walks will celebrate a wide range of Lexingtonians who contribute to making the city a great place on a daily basis. In the fall of 2017, two...