LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Mayor Jim Gray shared a letter Thursday from a descendant of John C Breckinridge who supports the relocation of his statue from downtown Lexington.
J.C. Breckinridge Prewitt wrote in part, “I agree that it should be relocated to more appropriate location.” The letter went on to say, “Your efforts have my full support.”
The Urban County Council unanimously approved a resolution at its Thursday night meeting giving the city 30-days to come up with a location to move the Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan statues from Cheapside Park.
The mayor announced at the council meeting that a donor had approached the city offering to pay to move the two statues.
Any relocation of the statues would have to be approved by the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission. The commission was established in 2002 by the General Assembly. It keeps a registry of sites and objects that are “significant to the military history of the Commonwealth.” Once added to that registry, those sites and objects can’t be removed or changed without the commission’s consent.