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Read AG’s opinion that led Lexington to remove Confederate statues

Confederate statue removed in downtown Lexington

The statue of John Breckinridge was the first of two Confederate statues to be removed from the Fifth Third Bank plaza on Oct. 17, 2017.
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The statue of John Breckinridge was the first of two Confederate statues to be removed from the Fifth Third Bank plaza on Oct. 17, 2017.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear ruled Tuesday that the city’s two Confederate statues were improperly registered with the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission because the Urban County Council never approved it.

That opinion allowed Lexington to begin the immediate and surprise removal of the controversial statues downtown.

Here is the full opinion from the attorney general:

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