Charlottesville Attack Sparks Renewed Push To Remove Confederate Statues

Posted August 15, 2017

Similarly, crews began removing Confederate statues in Gainesville, Florida, on Monday though "it was unclear if the work was hastened by" the violent events that took place in Charlottesville, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

With several solidarity protests staged from Seattle to NY after one person died in the Charlottesville demonstration, activists in the Washington, DC, area also voiced their opinion as they marched on a statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, in the nation's capital.

Mayor Jim Gray took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon and first did what our president could not-clearly condemned the white supremacist violence in Virginia. Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed in a helicopter crash near the protests, which were spurred by the planned removal of a 1924 statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Pugh says her office is "looking at all four of them".

In the press release, Pugh also notes that she reached out to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to learn about the Big Easy's process and costs - which totaled $2.1 million for the removal of their four monuments. Councilman Brandon Scott told the Sun that he would introduce a resolution at Monday's Council meeting demanding removal.

In light of yesterday's events, where white supremacists gathered to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, Mayor Jim Gray has chose to expedite the removal of Confederate monuments in Lexington. We hope other cities follow Lexington's example. If the city council and the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission give a thumbs' up, then the Confederate leaders will be housed in a nearby park honoring veterans.