Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Relocating the statues

Grave stone, right, of Gen. John Hunt Morgan in The Lexington Cemetery
Grave stone, right, of Gen. John Hunt Morgan in The Lexington Cemetery Herald-Leader file photo

Cemetery is appropriate

Monuments to Confederate soldiers do not belong in Cheapside Park where slaves were beaten and sold and families torn apart. Those statues should be relocated to Lexington Cemetery and installed adjacent to either the Confederate cemetery or near the graves of those men memorialized by the monuments.

The statues should not be destroyed as they are part of the history of Lexington, albeit a revisionist history to glorify the Confederate cause.

This excerpt from the Lexington Cemetery website supports the idea of relocating the Confederate statues to the cemetery:

“Although the Civil War brought division among families, the Lexington Cemetery Company maintained a position of political neutrality. Sympathizers of each side owned lots in the cemetery, and Lexington soldiers died for both the Confederacy and the Union. Separate ‘soldiers’ grounds’ were set aside for the burial of Union and Confederate troops.”

There will be unhappy people no matter how the issue is resolved. Those who do not want the statues moved should consider the dynamics of this situation. Would it be appropriate to create majestic statues depicting Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler as dashing heroes of World War II at the entrance of Auschwitz?

Fran Taylor

Lexington

Not on public property

Lexington’s Confederate statues have no place on public property. Let them be sold or given away. As long as Confederate statues remain on city property, any city property, they abash our humanity by covert invigoration of a cause we now view with repulsion.

The stain of the monuments is too deep to be erased by the simple expedient of moving them from one city plot to another.

I can only guess, and do not care, what the monuments celebrated in an earlier time. What they celebrate today is the most ghastly institution in our nation’s history. Perhaps the statues whisper some tiny historical point. Can we hear that voice? No, because these monuments thunderously shout slavery and its modern progeny, racism.

Let them shout in some private field. As long as they remain on city property, their voice is also our voice.

I hope Mayor Jim Gray and our council members will not wait idly until the Military Heritage Commission, in its own unhurried time, trundles toward its next semiannual meeting. Tell commission members to post notice of a special meeting and tell them to do their duty, now. Allow us to rid ourselves of objects that if not eyesores are well and truly soulsores.

Ross Carter

Lexington

Place them in museums

Statues are erected to honor people or events. That is why the people of Iraq choose to destroy the statue of Saddam Hussein after his ouster. That is why you don’t see statues in Germany honoring Adolf Hitler, his SS officers and Nazi leaders. Yet, they were part of Germany’s history. So, the argument that our Civil War statues cannot be removed because they are part of our history is a lame one. There are Civil War museums that can display them for folks who want to explore that part of America’s history. America wants to move on; but these statues represent a very dark and shameful part of our past. It is time for them to go.

Barbara Plymale

Lexington

Move to battlegrounds

Relocate Confederate and Union statues to our historical battlegrounds. The statues in Kentucky could be moved to Perryville and others could be moved to Gettysburg, Chattanooga, etc. More people would visit these battlegrounds during re-enactments, and history would be preserved.

Jerry Hall

Carrie

Veterans Park a good spot

This country has far more serious problems than whether to move Confederate statues. Perhaps the riders could be removed and leave the horses. Surely the horses did not choose to be on the wrong side in the Civil War. Actually, I would prefer to move the statues to Veterans Park with appropriate narration regarding the statues and to clearly represent in some way the Union participation.

We cannot erase or change history. The United States has a history of both noble and very shameful events. Now our goal should be to become a country with high moral character, to truly become the noble idea on which we were founded, “with liberty and justice for all.”

Jacquelyn Robinson

Lexington

Add more statues

We cannot erase history.

President Lincoln sought reconciliation and reunion of North and South “with malice toward none, and charity for all … to bind up the Nation’s wounds … and to do all things to ensure a lasting peace among ourselves.”

Shouldn’t we also?

This controversy over Confederate statues has caused knee-jerk reactions by politicians and prompted the nutcases to emerge from their holes.

Rather than be swayed by the current hysteria, why not start a campaign to raise funds for the creation of two additional statues to join John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge at their current location?

I propose Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr..

Elloree Findley

Lexington

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