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Lexington Mayor and former Democratic US Senate candidate Jim Gray (who ran against Rand Paul) has announced his intention to remove two Confederate statues from Lexington.
This is clearly charged by yesterday’s Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which occurred due to the city’s plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. Mayor Gray has chosen to further divide the people and has shown his disdain for the history of his own state in this move.
John Hunt Morgan was the Confederate General of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry Regiment. He was also a veteran of the Mexican-American War. Morgan was from Lexington and is buried in the city.
John C Breckinridge represented KY’s 8th district in the US House from 1851 to 1855, served as James Buchanan’s Vice President from 1857 to 1861, and represented KY in the US Senate from 1861 until he joined the Confederates that same year. Breckinridge was born in Lexington and died in the city ten years after the war ended. Breckinridge is also a Mexican-American War Veteran.
Breckinridge received his law degree from Transylvania University, a small liberal arts school in Lexington. It is also the university which I attend. While in the Senate, Breckinridge attempted to preserve the Union through compromise.
Morgan and Breckinridge are a part of Lexington’s history and are among the most prominent figures in Kentucky history. To remove their monuments is to replace Kentucky’s history.