A Kentucky Confederate monument at the University of Louisville for 121 years will be moved to another location because it ties up traffic, the city's mayor decided, reported the Courier-Journal.
Oh, and it's also politically incorrect.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced the monument will be moved off the Belknap campus, across from the new Speed Art Museum.
"There are practical reasons for why this statue should not be here – like the traffic complications it causes turning in and out of the beautiful new Speed (museum)," Fischer said in a statement on the city of Louisville's website
"There are civic reasons for why this statue should not be here – like citizens objecting to having a monument to the Confederacy placed on public land. I recognize that some people say this monument should stay because it is part of our history. But I also appreciate that we can make our own history."
The Kentucky Woman's Monument Association gave the monument to the city in 1895 to commemorate the Kentuckians who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
"We are not here to erase history, but we are here to announce that this statue should be situated somewhere more appropriate than a modern campus that celebrates its diversity," Ramsey said. "Kentucky certainly played a unique role in the Civil War, but it is the culture of inclusion we strive for each day at (University of Louisville) that will define our future. Over the years, our campus has grown to encircle this monument, which does not symbolize the values of our campus community or that of a 21st Century institution of higher education."
Everett Corley, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House Representative, said in a statement that he planned to file a restraining order against the monuments removal "on the grounds of irreparable harm to himself and the community," reported WAVE-TV
"I believe that this is the equivalent of … book burning," Corley told Inside Louisville
. "This is the confiscation of history."
Democrat U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, who Corley is trying to unseat, told Inside Louisville that he supported the monument's removal.
"It honors a shameful episode in our nation's history, one that represents a hateful division and fails to truly reflect our city and Commonwealth's role in the Civil War," Yarmuth said.
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