Charlottesville: Removal of Confederate monument in Kentucky is 'accelerated' after deadly violence

Kentucky mayor says he wants to move two Confederate statues

In the wake of this weekend's rally in Charlottesville, Va., white nationalists reportedly plan to gather in Lexington to oppose the planned removal of Confederate statues.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the violence in Charlottesville sped up his efforts to get the statues moved to the city-owned Veterans Park.

Veterans Park in Lexington is no longer being considered by the city as a possible site to relocate two Confederate statues that now sit downtown, according to city officials.

Some cities around the nation are calling for the statues' removal similar to the way the Confederate battle flag was shunned by some following a mass shooting by a white supremacist inside a SC church. The city has been warned the commission would not green light moving the statues unless it found a new home for Hunt Morgan and Breckinridge.

At Tuesday's regular afternoon work session, the Urban County Council unanimously took a first step toward removing two statues from the lawn of a former courthouse. Breckinridge, a former USA vice president and congressman, was expelled from the Senate after joining the Confederate Army.

'I am taking action to relocate the Confederate statues.

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The city council will vote on a motion to submit the petition on Tuesday, Gray said.

"I don't think it's right. that we would honor and glorify Confederate men who fought to preserve slavery", he added.

On Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin said he believes it's "a risky precedent" to begin removing Confederate monuments and ignore USA history.

The debate on whether to remove the statues started after Hunt Morgan's statue was vandalized in June 2015 with black paint that read "Black Lives Matter".

Under state law, the Lexington city council must petition the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission to remove the statues, as well a propose a place to move them to.

"In that setting, we can tell the story accurately and share a truthful history", Gray said in the video.

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