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Lexington mayor calls for review of Confederate memorials

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A statue of John Hunt Morgan in downtown Lexington. A statue of John Hunt Morgan in downtown Lexington.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Lexington's mayor has called for a review of the placement of two Confederate memorials in a city park.

Multiple media outlets report that Mayor Jim Gray announced on Tuesday that the downtown statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge will be examined by the city's Urban-County Arts Review Board.

Gray says he has asked the board to arrange a community meeting and talk with historians, artists, civil rights activists and ordinary citizens about the monuments. A historical marker in Cheapside Park that provides information about slavery will also be reviewed.

Gray says the board should examine the fact that no monuments to Union soldiers are believed to exist in Lexington.

Both Morgan and Breckinridge were Confederate generals, with Breckinridge having also been the U.S. Vice President under James Buchanan.

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