A Kentucky mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues

In this Saturday, May 13, 2017, photo, with a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in the background, people gather at Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., to protest the plans to remove the monument. (Allison Wrabel/The Daily Progress via AP)
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, says after the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, he is taking the steps to remove two Confederate-era statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement Saturday he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council at its Tuesday work session to ask a state military commission for permission to take down the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.

Gray tweeted he intended to make the announcement next week, but the "tragic events in Charlottesville" had accelerated his announcement.





Violent clashes occurred Saturday between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Three people were killed, including a woman who died after a driver plowed into a group of peaceful marchers. Dozens more were injured.

The nationalists had gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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