Mayor: Confederate Statues Could Come with Endowment

Sep 11, 2017

John Hunt Morgan Memorial and family headstones
Credit Stu Johnson

The mayor of a Kentucky city says money is being raised to pay for the upkeep and security of two Confederate statues if the monuments are relocated to a cemetery.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said in a letter to the Lexington Cemetery board that private donors started the endowment.

City spokeswoman Susan Straub says the group has pledges of more than $100,000.

The cemetery board is meeting Monday, when it may vote on the city's proposal to take the statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge.

The Lexington Fayette-Urban County Council voted last month to move the statues from outside a former courthouse. Gray was given 30 days to return with a new location.

Morgan was a Confederate general. Breckinridge was a Confederate secretary of war.