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Cleaning up vandalized statue will cost thousands of dollars

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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.
John B. Castleman monument plague covered in orange paint. John B. Castleman monument plague covered in orange paint.
Vandals appeared to pain "never again" in orange paint on monument. Vandals appeared to pain "never again" in orange paint on monument.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville will pay thousands of dollars to remove orange paint from a now controversial monument.

The city said it will cost more than $8,000 to remove the paint from the John B. Castleman statue. At that cost, some say it's money well spent while others say the money should be used to remove the statue for good.

For Jim Morrow, all he sees is the orange paint thrown across the statue on Cherokee Parkway near Bardstown Road. Visible from his front porch, it’s one of the main reasons he bought his home 29 years ago. He calls the statue beautiful.

“Until we started having all of this attention, I really never looked at it as anything other than just a form of art,” Morrow said.

But for many it's anything but, even prompting a protest last week.

“Although it's a part of our history, and although Mr. Castleman is part of this Cherokee Triangle history, I don't think it’s right for it to be up there,” said Emina Spahic, who thinks the statue should be taken down.  

Castleman served in the Confederate army. He is also one of the founding fathers of Louisville's park system.

Cleaning the statue of the paint will cost about $8,200, but there is still no timeline of when it will happen.

“Not just costing the city over $8,000 ... It’s costing taxpayers $8,000,” said John Crocker, who condemned the vandalism.

City officials said they are trying to use the least-intrusive methods to remove the paint because they don't want to damage the protective wax coating.

Some neighbors in the Highlands still believe the drastic vandalism was necessary.

“Nowadays, especially with younger people like me, I think that's the only way to get your message across,” Spahic said.

“Regardless of what you think about it or where you want it gone, it's not your place to vandalize something that's not yours,” Crocker said.

A meeting will be held September 6 to review public art. People can also submit their thoughts online, by clicking here

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