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120-Year-Old Kentucky Confederate Statue To Be Removed

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A Confederate monument in Louisville, Kentucky, will be removed after it stood in the same place since 1895. 

The 70-foot monument, which honors Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be moved to another location. 

“It's time for us to move this monument to a more appropriate place,” University of Louisville President James Ramsey said during an announcement, The Associated Press reported. The monument is currently on the university campus.

Ramsey joined Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to make the announcement on April 29, which came less than two weeks after Ricky L. Jones, professor of pan-African studies at the university, wrote an opinion article in the Courier-Journal calling for the monument to come down.

“I recognize that some people say this monument should stay here because it is part of history, but I also appreciate that we can make our own history,” Fischer said. at the announcement.

Jones said he was happy with the decision to move it, regardless of what might have motivated it.

“Let's see the Confederacy for what it is, not some lost cause, it was a war about slavery,” he told the Courier-Journal. “And that is fundamentally inhumane, so if that's a part of Kentucky history, place it in a part of Kentucky where people still have those beliefs."

The monument will reportedly be held in storage until a new location is chosen. The statue’s removal will precede the introduction of a new lane that will improve traffic and allow access to a museum nearby.

“It is a part of history, but I get what people say they don't agree with it because it represents a time when African-Americans were oppressed,” local high school senior Reagan Roy said. “I never looked twice at it, actually. Now that I know everything about it, I agree with it being removed."

“I can't tell you how happy I am,” Jones told AP. “I think this statue being on the campus is somewhat akin to flying the Confederate flag over the [university's] administration building."

Sources: AP, Courier-Journal / Photo credit: Courier-Journal 

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