Conversations continue over the Confederate Monument in Downtown Owensboro that stands on the Daviess County Courthouse lawn.
Representation for the United Daughters of the Confederacy met with the Daviess County Fiscal Court today. The U.D.C. asked the Court that the Confederate Monument not be touched by either party until they have had time to litigate and propose a solution.
Nicholas Goetz representing the Kentucky division of the U.D.C. is asking for the restraining order. Goetz pleaded with the Court that moving the statue before they are able to adequately present their case could cause immediate and irreparable harm to the statue.
However, representatives for the County claim that they have removed the statue from its base before, for cleaning and restoration, without incident. They claim the U.D.C’s argument is unsubstantiated since the County has been maintaining and insuring the monument since its erection in 1900. They ask that the Judge deny the restraining order.
The statue was erected in 1900 by the John B. Breckinridge Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This came after the Daviess County Fiscal Court gave them permission to do so in 1893.
Since then, the John C. Breckinridge Chapter has dissolved and the County has withdrawn its permission to have the statue on their property.
Lawyer for the Daviess County Fiscal Court, Mike Lee, told 44News, “They claim they are a successor to a previous entity that ceased operations in 1970. That’s a period of 49 years from the end of the John C. Breckinridge Chapter 306 Daughters of the Confederacy group, and the beginning of the Kentucky division of the Daughters of the Confederacy in 2019.”
The judge heard both sides of the argument today and is considering a decision on the restraining order. No official timeline was put out, but a decision should be expected sometime this summer.