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Mayor Jim Gray explains decision to move Confederate statues

Mayor Jim Gray explains decision to move Confederate statues

Morgan fought for the Confederacy until his death in 1864; and Breckenridge, the U.S. Vice President under James Buchanan, was the only vice president ever to take up arms against the government of the United States.

A mayor in Kentucky has proposed removing two Confederate monuments from his city in response to violent clashes between white nationalists and antifa in Charlottesville.

The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week. He said Saturday's tragic events in Charlottesville caused him to accelerate the announcement.

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Rallies and marches in support of yesterday's victims and refuting the message of hate and violence expressed by the white supremacists are taking place across the US. We can not let them define our future. "We have completely analyzed this issue, and got notification from a number of our residents", Mayor Jim Gray (D) said on Twitter.

The statues of Hunt Morgan - a Confederate general - and Breckinridge - the last Confederate Secretary of War - also stand on the same ground that was once one of the largest slave markets in the South, Gray said.

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.

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Morgan, a Confederate general, is best known for "Morgan's Raid", a Southern incursion into the Union states of IN and OH IN 1863.

'I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history.

Gray goes on to explain that the statues now sit on land that used to be used for slave auctions, and notes that it's "not right" to have statues honoring men who supported slavery on those grounds.

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