Confederate statues now in permanent location at Lexington Cemetery

The statue of Confederate general John Hunt Morgan was viewable by the public at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in their new locations in Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky. The statue of Morgan and another statue of former Vice President John C. Breckenridge were removed from their original place in downtown Lexington in October. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Bailey Vandiver

Two Confederate statues have been moved to Lexington Cemetery.

The statues of John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan, which caused controversy as to where they should be displayed, were removed from their downtown locations in October of 2017. 

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Since their removal from downtown, the statues had been in a temporary storage location.

“Today we are doing exactly what we said we would do,” communications director Susan Straub said on Tuesday evening, when the statues were moved.

In the cemetery, the statues are mounted on new granite bases. The cemetery’s hours remain unchanged, opening to visitors at 8 a.m. 

“Visitors will be able to view the Morgan and Breckinridge statues in a respectful place where people can learn more about Civil War history,” Straub said.

Breckinridge served as United States vice president as well as in both houses of Congress before joining the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War. He also served as the Confederacy’s Secretary of War. Morgan was a Confederate general. 

She said both men are buried there at the cemetery, alongside other Confederate and Union soldiers.