Earlier this week, after receiving the opinion of Kentucky Attorney General Mr Andy Beshear which stated that the city of Lexington has jurisdiction over the confederate statues and not the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, crews wasted no time and removed them from Lexington city center to the joy of some onlookers who had long waited for this day.
Mr DeBraun Thomas, the organizer of the Take Back Cheapside movement stated: "We all look different. We all sound different. We all come from different places but we've taken this moment to come together to make something beautiful and great for our own history."
However, Mr Ron Bryant, the famous Kentucky historian who has written extensively about the state’s past, claims that the removal of the Lexington confederate statues was simply wrong and should not have taken place.
"By removing something, you're not changing a thing. In fact, in many cases, you're only widening the divide because one group of people now might not be offended because it's taken down; well, there's going to be another side offended because it's taken down."
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Mr Bryant opted for placing other monuments alongside the olds ones instead. For example a portrayal of union leaders or civil rights leaders alongside the old Confederate monuments which have now disappeared.
"Once you start taking down public monuments, it never stops because someone somewhere is always going to be offended by something," he said.
Mr Bryant claimed that these decisions were made in an emotional state, which is never a good idea: "If I was an official and voted for the removal of the statues I would be a bit concerned right now, I really would. Because it angers people. People should have sat down and tried to discuss this non-emotionally."
Republican Governor Mr Matt Bevin still disagrees with moving the Lexington statues: "I think it is a very dangerous precedent to pretend that your history is not your history. That doesn't mean you have to embrace it. It doesn't mean you agree with it or even like it. But to pretend it does not exist, to remove it from the landscape of discussion and the ability to learn from it is a very dangerous proposition."