Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer calls for review of all public art

08/14/2017 02:33 PM

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is directing the Louisville Commission on Public Art to review its catalogue of public art and make a list of any and all pieces that could be interpreted to honor bigotry, racism and/or slavery.

In a press release Fischer said that this review is to prepare for a community conversation about the public display of such art.

“I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our history,” Fischer said. “But we need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints. That’s why a community conversation is crucial.”

Fischer’s announcement comes after violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. The rally was in protest to removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and it ended with a car being driven through a crowd of counter protesters.

Early Sunday morning statue of a Confederate officer in Louisville was vandalized with orange paint. The statue was constructed in 1913 and was restored by the Cherokee Neighborhood Association in 2013.

Fischer acknowledged the different views towards the statue, and believes that it is a conversation the community needs to have.

“For many, this statue is a beloved neighborhood landmark, but for others, it’s a symbol of a painful, tragic and divisive time in our history — which gets at the complexity of this conversation,” Fischer said. “I believe this is community conversation worth having.”

A Confederate Monument on the University of Louisville’s campus was relocated last fall to become part of an historic Civil War site in Brandenburg, Ky.

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