Kentucky Mayor Says Confederate Statues Will Come Down After Charlottesville

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In the wake of a violent protest stemming from a Confederate statue being removed, three are dead and 19 more were injured. After the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday, politicians condemned the violence, and President Trump asked for Americans to come together. Now, another state has announced that it will remove two Confederate-era statuses as well.

Lexington Kentucky’s Mayor Jim Gray announced via Twitter that he will be expediting a process he had already planned even before the Charlotteville, Virginia, protest yesterday.

Gray explained in his Tweets that he was going to announce the removal of the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge next week but decided to act sooner to show unity and support to Charlotteville.

The mayor added he will not allow the violence in Charlotteville to deter his city from removing the historic statues.

According to CNN, Morgan was a Confederate soldier and fought in the Mexican-American war. Breckinridge was the Vice President to President James Buchanan before the Civil War but later became the Confederate Secretary of War.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after violence broke out amongst protesters and alt-right sympathizers before the rally was scheduled to take begin. Police declared the assembly was unlawful and began separating the two crowds.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a Dodge Charger driven by 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., ran through a field of protestors. Two Virginia State Police Department pilots were also killed when their helicopter went down near the protest.

Mike Signer, the Charlottesville Mayor, called the whole incident a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”

McAuliffe also condemned the violent protest citing, “Go home … You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.”