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Mayor Greg Fischer announces public art review

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mayor Greg Fischer announced Sunday he's calling for a review of all public art, asking the Louisville Commission on Public Art to review the city's art inventory and make a list of those that could potentially be tied to racism, bigotry or slavery. 

"I recognize that some people say all these monuments should be left alone, because they are part of our history but we need to discuss and interpret our history from multiple perspectives and from different viewpoints. That's why a community conversation is crucial," Fischer said.

The announcement comes after violence erupted a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville in opposition of a plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. Three people were killed and dozens of others were injured.

The announcement also comes nearly a year after the removal of a Confederate Monument at U of L.

"Let us use this moment to build on our  progress and show the world how our city, with all of its beauty and imperfections, can be a peaceful model for making the union of our city and country a home for opportunity and justice for all," Fischer said in a letter released to Louisville citizens Sunday afternoon.

In the letter, Fischer asked citizens to speak out against and condemn hatred, oppression, bigotry and injustice for and against anyone. 

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