The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, announced plans Saturday to relocate his city's Confederate statues, following violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week", he continued. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history", Kay said. "We have thoroughly examined this issue, and heard from many of our citizens", Gray said on Twitter on Saturday. He said he had meant to make the announcement later in the week. The commission oversees military heritage buildings, monuments and other resources.
Gray will ask on Tuesday the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council to petition to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission to have statues in the city relocated. The statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge stand outside the city's courthouse.
Gray's announcement to move the statues the same day as multiple people were killed and injured in Virginia after a vehicle drove into counter-protesters who had clashed with white nationalists around a Confederate-era statue in Charlottesville.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported in 2016 that Gray had then made a decision to keep the statues but wanted to add historical context to them.