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Mayor of Brandenburg 'tickled' to receive Louisville's controversial Confederate monument

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BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- One city's problem becomes another city's prize.

Louisville's controversial Confederate monument has stood at the intersection of what is now Second and Third streets since 1895. But soon, it will have a new home about 45 miles away on the waterfront in Brandenburg, Ky.

The city has already begun laying the foundation for the monument, and in a 10-minute special meeting, the Brandenburg City Council voted unanimously to officially accept the landmark Louisville wants to get rid of.

“We're just tickled that it's coming. I think it fits perfect,” said Brandenburg Mayor Ronnie Joyner.

Brandenburg is hoping to boost tourism by making the monument part of a walking museum on the riverfront that already includes monuments to Native Americans, the Underground Railroad and Confederate General John Morgan’s Civil War raid.

“And so, it's going to be able to have the monument in context. The monument where it currently is, was just by itself,” said Chris Poynter, spokesperson for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

The council vote came after a last-second attempt by Everett Corley to delay the vote. He lost a court fight to keep the monument in Louisville, and is concerned it will be damaged in transit.

“This monument will never reach Brandenburg, never reach it intact,” Corley said.

Joyner says he has gotten about a half-dozen calls from people objecting to the monument.

“I'm going to listen to the majority and, right now, it's a go,” said Joyner. “I've got a whole lot more people that are for it than are against it.”

Tayis Mills is African American and lives in the apartment complex next door to the monument site.

“It doesn't bother me. Just come outside and enjoy the view. If you don't like it, don't look at it,” Mills said.

The monument will be dismantled starting Saturday and then trucked to Brandenburg.

Joyner expects to receive the monument in late November, with a dedication ceremony sometime next spring.

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