Lexington OKs Step to Remove Confederate Statues
By The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, KY - A Kentucky city's governing body has taken a first step toward removing two Confederate statues from the lawn of a former courthouse.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council gave initial approval on a voice vote Tuesday to move the statues of Confederate officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge to an undetermined location. The proposal still needs further council action.

The vote came after three people died related to violent protests at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Council members heard more than an hour of public comment on the proposal, with most of it supporting relocation of the statues.

The city would still have to ask a state military heritage commission for permission to move the statues. The leader of a white nationalist group said it is planning an event in Lexington soon.

Published 04:29 PM, Monday Aug. 14, 2017
Updated 04:32 PM, Sunday Aug. 20, 2017

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