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Public weighs in on where to relocate confederate monument at U of L

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The public got a chance to weigh in Monday on where to move the controversial confederate statue on U of L's campus.

The Public Art Commission held a public hearing at the request of Mayor Greg Fischer, who wants this confederate monument gone.

The statue has been in place for more than a century, but Mayor Fischer says its time has passed.

He wants the Public Art Commission to help him decide where the statue goes. Monday's public hearing revealed lots of opinions

“I suggest that it go to the state's largest battlefield, Perryville,” said State Rep. Steve Riggs (D-Louisville.)

“The proper place in my mind for that memorial is where the dead confederates are buried, Cave Hill Cemetery,” said Albert Burk of Louisville.

One man suggested Shippingport Island in the middle of the Ohio River.

Another suggested the Civil War Museum in Bardstown.

Meade County put on a full court press. Several speakers pushed for Brandenburg's waterfront park.

“Meade County is a rich county. It played an important part in the Civil War,” said Meade Co. Judge Executive Jerry Lynn.

“We respectfully submit no place is more fitting than Brandenburg,” Gerald Fischer added. 

The Sons of Confederate Veterans, which filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to stop the move, now wants the statue taken to its property in Paducah.

“Therefore, there would be no placement on publicly-owned land to cause future problems. The park is a memorial to those that served and lost their lives during the War Between the States,” Commander John Suttles said.

Others are less concerned with preserving the memorial's history.

“I would be quite willing to take a sledge hammer to it, and then you can melt it down and do other things with it. This thing should be obliterated,” said Eldon Remmy of Louisville.

“Maybe we could possibly find a really deep spot in the river,” said one man who did not identify himself.

The Commission will not recommend one single location to the mayor.

“The commission will move forward with presenting to the mayor a list of potential sites and the comments and concerns and the positive views,” said commission chair Anna Tatman.

That report could some could in the next month or two.

Mayor Fischer has made clear he wants the statue moved as soon as possible, even saying he might have it dismantled and placed in storage.

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