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Overflow crowd erupts in cheers as Lexington council votes to move statues

Crowd erupts in cheers after council votes to move Confederate statues

The overflow crowd inside Lexington city hall erupted in cheers after the Urban County Council voted unanimously to move two Confederate statues from the old courthouse downtown.
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The overflow crowd inside Lexington city hall erupted in cheers after the Urban County Council voted unanimously to move two Confederate statues from the old courthouse downtown.

An overflow crowd erupted in cheers as Lexington’s Urban County Council voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a controversial proposal to relocate two Confederate statues from the historic courthouse lawn downtown.

The crowd had filled the council chambers, overflow rooms, the government center lobby — and spilled onto the sidewalk outside — as the council listened to testimony from the public and prepared to vote.

Following recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., the debate in Lexington has generated national interest and attention.

Read the full story on the council’s vote here.

Here are highlights from the council meeting, and the reaction to the council’s vote:

"We must be adults today," Mayor Jim Gray said as the Urban County Council voted to relocate two Confederate statues from the old courthouse downtown. Watch highlights from the council meeting and vote.

Mayor Jim Gray reacted with the crowd inside the Urban County Government Center after a unanimous "yes" by all members of the Urban County Council to relocate two Confederate statues at the old courthouse.

Holly Zoller, of Louisville, Ky., spoke to Lexington's Urban County Council as the council prepared to vote to relocate two Confederate statues. She warned of the danger of white nationalist demonstrators. Zoller says she was in Injured last Satur

After Lexington's city hall was filled to capacity during a council meeting to consider the removal of two Confederate statues from the old courthouse lawn, the overflow crowd held an impromptu rally In support of the removal on Main Street on Aug

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