Meeting date announced, process determined to identify public monuments honoring slavery, racism and bigotry in Louisville

08/20/2017 11:17 AM

The Louisville Commission on Public Art (COPA) will meet next month to review and begin discussing public art and monuments that could be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism and/or slavery.

The commission will meet on September 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Old Jail Auditorium (514 W. Liberty) to review and to discuss public art that it believes merits further discussion and analysis, according to a news release. The public will have an opportunity to speak during a portion of the meeting.

After the meeting and the COPA’s identification process, the city of Louisville will schedule and lead a series of engagement sessions to gather further input from the community. According to a news release no decision about the future of artwork and monuments will take place until after these meetings have been held.

“We need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints to broaden our community’s collective conscience and depth of understanding of our history and our varying viewpoints,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “I look forward to the review and the community dialogue that will follow, and I want to thank members of the Commission on Public Art for their commitment and expertise in identifying the objects for discussion as we begin this valuable conversation for our city.”

Citizens of Louisville can already submit their thoughts online and through Develop Louisville Facebook and Twitter accounts. Written comments can also be mailed to Commission on Public Art, 444 S. 5th Street, Suite 600, Louisville, KY 40202.

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