A Kentucky mayor pushes to remove 2 Confederate statues

Renewed Calls to Remove Confederate Symbols in Lee County

Lee County NAACP Wants Confederate Monuments Removed

Democratic Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he is taking steps to remove confederate statues in the city.

- Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) August 12, 2017The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week. "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", Mayor Jim Gray (D) said on Twitter.

The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week.

Three people died in connection with the white nationalist rally. Gray said in a statement he will ask the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council at its Tuesday work session to take the first step - to ask a state military commission for permission to take down the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.

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Gray's announcement comes after a day of violence was sparked in Charlottesville after white supremacists protested the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Park.

Violent clashes occurred Saturday between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the commission is likely to approve the removal because there's a plan to move the statues to a park.

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