After facing decades of protest against a statue commemorating Confederate Civil War soldiers, the University of Louisville, Kentucky, announced Friday that the monument would be moved.
Although Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, was never an official part of the Confederate States of America, many Kentuckians did fight for the Confederate side during the Civil War. The monument, which depicts a Confederate soldier, honors these men.
The announcement that the statue would be removed delighted many who have spent years advocating for its removal.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am,” said University of Louisville professor Ricky Jones after Friday’s announcement. “I think this statue being on the campus is somewhat akin to flying the Confederate flag over the [university’s] administration building.”