Judge blocks mayor’s order to remove 120-year-old Confederate soldiers monument

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The monument stays — at least for now.

A Kentucky judge issued an order Monday temporarily blocking the removal of a Civil War monument commemorating Confederate soldiers.

The 70-foot tall monument, which has stood at its present location near the University of Louisville since 1895, was ordered removed by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman issued her order in response to a motion filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Everett Corley, a Republican running for Congress. They allege that Fischer lacked the authority to order the monument’s removal.

Local ABC affiliate WHAS reported:

Attorney Thomas McAdam successfully argued that since the monument is in a historic district and on the National Historic Places Registry Mayor Greg Fischer violated city ordinance, as well as state and federal laws by announcing the removal of the memorial before going through the proper protocols.

 

“The people own that monument,” McAdam said. “That’s part of our heritage. The mayor can’t come along and say I want to erase history. This is America, he can’t do that.”

County Attorney Mike O’Connell, who was not given notice prior to the hearing referred to McAdams’ motion as a stunt to gain publicity for Corley’s congressional campaign.

Publicity stunt or not, the mayor’s decision represents not just the monument’s removal, but also erasing history.

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