City relocates Confederate statues to Lexington Cemetery

Published: Jul. 24, 2018 at 7:43 PM EDT
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The city of Lexington moved the statues of Confederates John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge to the Lexington Cemetery Tuesday after the pair sat in storage for months.

“Today we are doing exactly what we said we would do,” city communications director Susan Straub said. “The statues of John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge were moved out of storage this afternoon to The Lexington Cemetery. The statues are mounted on granite bases we installed this evening.”

The city removed the statues from Cheapside Park near the Fayette County Courthouse in October 2017, after they sat there for over 100 years.

“Tomorrow, the Cemetery will open as usual at 8 a.m. Visitors will be able to view the Morgan and Breckinridge statues in a respectful place where people can learn more about Civil War history. Both men are buried at the Cemetery, along with many Confederate and Union soldiers,” Straub said.