Louisville’s Confederate Monument to be Moved to Brandenburg

Louisville Confederate Monument

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office says a controversial Confederate monument near the University of Louisville is being relocated to Brandenburg.

Fischer and former U of L President James Ramsey announced seven months ago that the monument would be dismantled and moved.

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The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/2gdSqmY ) reported Tuesday that Fischer said the 121-year-old monument’s new location will offer people the chance “to remember and respect our history in a more proper context.” He also said the approximately 45-mile trip will make it possible for people in Louisville to visit the monument.

About two dozen people, some as far away as Virginia, told Louisville’s arts commission they would welcome the monument as a piece of history.

Brandenburg Mayor Ronnie Joyner told the commission in July that the city has a re-enactment every two years and would provide a good home for the monument.