University of Louisville to remove Confederate monument

Officials say a Confederate monument will be removed from near the University of Louisville campus.

University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Friday that the monument at Third Street would be taken down and moved to another yet-to-be determined location. Officials said in a statement that the monument would be disassembled and cleaned while it is in storage awaiting a new home that would be "an appropriate historical venue."

The statue was given to the city in 1895 by the Kentucky Woman’s Monument Association to commemorate those who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Governments 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.

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