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Public meetings to be held next month to discuss future of Louisville's Confederate statues

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The John B. Castleman monument at Cherokee Circle was vandalized with orange paint. The John B. Castleman monument at Cherokee Circle was vandalized with orange paint.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Which statues in Louisville should stay, and which should go?

Your chance to publicly weigh in on the discussion will come in two weeks. 

On Friday, Mayor Greg Fischer's office announced the Commission on Public Art will meet Sept. 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the old jail building downtown to discuss statues and pieces of art that require further analysis and conversation.  

The public will have an opportunity to speak during that meeting.

On Sunday, Fischer called for the commission to review all public art that could be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism and slavery. The move came after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and after a statue of John B. Castleman was spray-painted in the Highlands.

In his new podcast, Fischer said a decision on the Castleman statue is not cut and dry. 

"There's no ambiguity to a big Confederate statue on the University of Louisville's campus, OK," he said. "On this particular issue, maybe there is. And so let's see what people have to say about it."

You can already submit your thoughts to the city online. To do so, click here.

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