Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says relocation of Confederate statues honors history

08/17/2017 10:13 PM

Following a unanimous vote by the Lexington City Council on Thursday to relocate two Confederate statues from downtown Lexington, Mayor Jim Gray released the following statement:

“By relocating these statues we are not destroying, hiding or sanitizing history. We are honoring and learning our history through this relocation.

I’m proud of our council and proud of our city. Thank you to everyone who worked to do the right thing.

There’s still work to do and we will set about doing it.”

The mayor’s office tells us that they are currently exploring a variety of options for a new location. They must then receive approvals from the city council and the Military Affairs Commission before a move can occur.

Gray has said he was compelled to accelerate his timeline to relocate the two statues following last week’s violence in Charlottesville, VA. He has also said that the city of Lexington is prepared to handle any violence that may follow the decision.

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