Mayor Greg Fischer speaks in front of the Confederate
monument near the University of Louisville with
university President James Ramsey, left, in
Louisville, Ky., Friday. The Confederate monument
capped with a statue of Jefferson Davis will be
removed from a spot near the University of Louisville
campus where it has stood since 1895.
Ky. - A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot
near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood
monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy
in the Civil War will be moved to another location,
University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg
Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday. The
monument is capped with a statue of a Confederate soldier.
time for us to move this monument to a more appropriate
place," Ramsey said while standing in front of the
stone memorial, which sits next to the university's gleaming
Speed Art museum that just completed a $60 million
and universities across the country have re-evaluated
displays of Confederate symbols following the racially
motivated slayings last summer of nine black parishioners at
the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.
obelisk-style monument will be disassembled and cleaned
while it is in storage awaiting a new location, which has
not been determined. It was given to the city by the
Kentucky Woman's Monument Association.
Jones, a professor of Pan-African studies at the university,
said he has been pushing for removal of the statue since he
arrived at the university in the late 1990s.
can't tell you how happy I am," Jones said after the
announcement Friday. "I think this statue being on the
campus is somewhat akin to flying the Confederate flag over
the (university's) administration building."
in a newspaper opinion piece last week that the statue is a
"towering granite and bronze eyesore glorifying the
nadir of America's past."
Mayor Fischer noted that the university was much smaller
when the statue was put up at the turn of the century, and
the campus has developed around it.
and city officials have been working on the removal for
several weeks and there was even construction equipment
parked alongside the base of the monument on Friday during
the birthplace of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis,
the only president of the Confederacy. Both are honored in
the state's Capitol rotunda with large statues. Following
the Charleston church shootings, leaders from both political
parties called for the removal of the Davis statue. But a
state commission voted 7-2 not to remove it.