Lexington mayor: Confederate statues to come down after Charlottesville

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15 August, 2017

Similarly, crews began removing Confederate statues in Gainesville, Florida, on Monday though "it was unclear if the work was hastened by" the violent events that took place in Charlottesville, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Morgan was a general for the Confederacy as well as a slave owner.

The mayor's request comes following a weekend death in Charlottesville, Virginia when a auto plowed into a group of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally.

The neo-Nazis had gathered to protest the city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

A commission appointed by former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recommended removing two of four Confederate-era monuments. The board suggested removing two of the four, but for some unknown reason, the process stalled almost a year before Rawlings-Blake left office, Pugh noted. Councilman Brandon Scott told the Sun that he would introduce a resolution at Monday's Council meeting demanding removal.

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Pugh also referenced a meeting she said she had with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu about Confederate monuments removal.

The move comes after a vehicle plowed through a group of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "These statues were erected to show that white supremacy is the order in this country".

In light of yesterday's events, where white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Mayor Jim Gray has made a decision to expedite the removal of Confederate monuments in Lexington.

For Blackmon, if America ever wants to come to terms with the role white supremacy has played in its birth, the nation needs to "acknowledge [it] at every single level of government and social life".

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