Plans for Confederate monument, time capsule finalized

Confederate statue will be on the move

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Brandenburg City Council vote assures that the Confederate monument will be on the move by Saturday.

The Brandenburg City Council voted unanimously today to accept the 121-year-old Confederate monument which they hope will be a centerpiece of their riverfront walking museum.

However, after more than a century standing near UofL, some are disappointed to see it shipped 40 miles to the west.

Hundreds of University of Louisville students walk by the Confederate Monument on 3rd street every day and some don't even know it's there.

“It’s really kind of out of the way,” said UofL freshman, Jarett Coyle.  “Not many people see it on their walk past just crossing the street as fast as they can.”

“I mean it doesn’t really affect me,” said UofL junior, Wendy Nsilulu.

Outside of the occasional email students say they rarely thought of the monument until yesterday’s announcement that it would be relocated to a new home.

“I see why people take offense to it,” said Nsilulu.  “At the same time, that’s not solving the problem.  You’re just getting rid of the little issues, and not the bigger problem.”

By solving one issue the city and UofL may have created another as some see the removal of the 121-year-old statue as an attempt to give away the city’s history.

“You’ve got to learn from history to avoid repeating history,” said Brennan Callan.  “Therefore the monument is actually for the wives, daughters, and sisters saying they’ve mourned the loss of their loved ones.  You and I would never got to Cave Hill or some other cemetery and doing something wrong.”

“The fact something that Louisville once had is now being sent somewhere else is kind of a loss of history, but it’s not completely erasing it,” said Coyle.

While the monument itself will soon call Brandenburg home a time capsule from inside will only be moving down the street to the Filson Historical Society.

“There could well be an exhibit here at the Filson later on,” said Craig Buthod.  “They would be on loan to the Filson.  The city would still own them, but we would take care of them, and put them in the context of the time period in Louisville’s history.”

Meade County has already had structural engineers look at the site where they plan to put the monument and they have given it the all clear.

Messer Construction will begin removing the Monument at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning pending weather.


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