Lexington Cemetery accepts Mayor Gray’s statue proposal


Mayor Jim Gray

Taylor Hubbard

Monday evening, the mayor’s office said the Lexington Cemetery Trustees conditionally accepted Mayor Jim Gray’s proposal for the rights to move the Morgan and Breckinridge statues from Cheapside to the cemetery.

“We continue to move forward,” Gray said in the press release. “This was a good day. We are on the right side of history. Everyone is welcome here. And, as a city, illustrating how to move from controversy to solutions.”

The Lexington City Council decided that their aim is to move the statues from Cheapside to the cemetery, but the city must work with the cemetery and be granted permission by the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, the mayor’s office said.

The mayor’s office said the city only has days to build their application to the commission, and agreeing with the cemetery is a big part of that application.

According to the release, the statues are currently located near the Cheapside Auction block, where slaves were traded in Kentucky. Both Morgan and Breckinridge fought on the Confederate side of the American Civil War and are buried at the Lexington Cemetery, which is a home to the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers.