In just the past few hours workers have begun work to dismantle Louisville’s Confederate monument in preparation for its relocation in Brandenburg. I believe this is the first large American city to make such a move.

Louisville MonumentThis is the part of the story that I believe The New York Times missed in its coverage of recent displays of the Confederate battle flag. Confederate battle flags may still be embraced by individuals and organizations, but they, along with the monuments, no longer represent the values of many communities throughout the South. It needs to be acknowledged regardless of whether you approve of their removal or re-location.

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  1. Considering 2/3s of Kentucky’s soldiers fought for Union, it is about time.

  2. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” — Maya Angelou.

    Removing our monument, attempting to erase our history, hardly qualifies as “fac[ing] with courage” the ghosts of our past. The monument as it stood forced us to have uncomfortable conversations about where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

    • Removing our monument, attempting to erase our history…

      There is certainly an argument to be made that maintaining the location of these monuments offers opportunities to engage in the tough questions surrounding the past, but I fail to see how this ought to be understood as ‘your monument’ and ‘your history.’ It is everyone’s history.

  3. I know several of the more vocal heritage nuts are probably squawking crazy mad over this. One of them in particular kept crowing about how this monument was never going to leave. She was wrong as usual.

    • There were several companies but Louisville was definitely a Unionist enclave during the war. It had a strong German population among other things. and most of its economic ties were along the Ohio into the Midwest and Northeast.

  4. I read over the article, and I am confused about one aspect: It is mentioned that the lawsuit/appeal is not final. I am surprised that dismantling has begun before the matter is fully resolved (I could have misread/misunderstood)

    • No restraining order was issued, so the monument can be dismantled. Also, I can’t see how the plaintiff has standing to file the suit.

    • The lawsuit has gotten little attention in the local press, mostly because the plaintiff is best known around here for going to federal prison attempting to sink the steamboat owned by Louisville.

      I wish I was making this up, but I am not.

  5. I read the lawsuit. It was a non-starter. The guy has no standing, the federal laws he cites have no application to monuments, and he signed himself, “Honorable Brennan J. Callan, Col.” You know the judge had to love that last part.

    • I really appreciate the follow-up to my queries. Obviously, I did not have the full story, and it seems that the article did not, either.

      • Local reporters typically have little time or experience to bring much depth to a story, and in a case like this are probably deathly afraid of being accused of bias if they call out the lawsuit for the rubbishy nonsense that it is.

  6. Strikes me as a long chain of reasoned arguments leaving most pleased with the outcome.

  7. Your are so helpful to the South, Kevin. From looking at all the time you spend teaching one-percenter children, I thank you for taking the time to learn so much about the South.
    Ron Walker

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