Brandenburg working to become new home for Louisville's Confederate monument
Statue would be placed with other historic monuments in city's waterfront park
BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- It could be another week before a circuit court judge issues a final ruling on whether the city of Louisville can move the Confederate statue near U of L.
Meanwhile, another river city now says it wants to become the statue's new home.
The city of Brandenburg says it has the perfect spot for Louisville's controversial confederate statue: a waterfront park where other monuments, including a tribute to the Underground Railroad, are already in place.
“It would have a home here,” said Gerald Fischer of the Meade Co. Historical Society.
He is one of those behind the push to relocate Louisville's Confederate memorial statue to Brandenburg.
“We have a strong amount of Civil War history in Brandenburg,” Fischer told WDRB.
The statue would join the Underground Railroad sculpture, a tribute to Native American history, and a monument marking the spot where Confederate General John Morgan launched his raid into the north.
"It would be placed in a historic context that makes more sense than where it is," said Fischer.
Brandenburg's waterfront museum is the brainchild of Mayor Ronnie Joyner.
He says he's not concerned about the potential controversy that could come with the Confederate monument.
“There might be some controversy that comes with it but, so far, I haven't heard any as far as putting it in Brandenburg,” he said.
Joyner believes the Confederate statue, along with several others he wants to erect, will turn Brandenburg into a tourist attraction.
“I would hope that it would be a good shot in the arm for our downtown area,” said Joyner.
Beth Lancaster, who was raised in Brandenburg, does not believe the statue would cause a stir.
“It could work down here with all the other monuments but, like I said, if they didn't put it here and they chose to put it somewhere else, I'm sure the community would be fine with that as well,” said Lancaster.
Officials in Brandenburg say they have talked with Louisville's mayor.
“Well, we've got our fingers crossed,” said Gerald Fischer.
Brandenburg will have to wait for an answer. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he will not decide the statue's fate until he gets the final green light from the courts.
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