Vandals strike Confederate monument

Brandburg Statue vandalized

BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WHAS11) -- This Confederate monument may have been moved out of Louisville, but it has already become a center of controversy at its new home.

For 120 years the Confederate monument sat along 3rd street in Louisville and remained largely unchanged, but just a few months after being moved to Brandenburg, Mayor Ronnie Joyner says someone made some unwanted changes that were largely inappropriate.

“It was very small,” said Brandenburg Mayor Ronnie Joyner.  “It was something that we were able to wipe off.  I think somebody took a magic marker or something up there and marked on it.  It was a couple of days before we realized it was on there.”

In this case time may have been on the side of the vandals, but one thing they didn’t realize is the city has an eye in the sky nearby.

“We have a camera on it all of the time,” said Joyner.  “The camera records anytime anybody walks up close to it or is in their view.  The problem is we didn’t know this was done.”

While questions continue to float around the community of “who done it”, Mayor Joyner says there’s no doubt in his mind making this piece of history the centerpiece of the Brandenburg riverfront was the right move based in large part to the feedback.

“It’s all been positive,” said Joyner.  “I just got an email last week from a lady in St. Louis wanting to come to the dedication.  She thanked me for saving the monument.”

Mayor Joyner says the city is still doing some alterations around the statue, and the only thing slowing them down is Mother Nature. 

They hope to have all of the work completed for an opening ceremony on Memorial Day.

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