Daviess County Monument Relocation Committee meets for the First Time

The Daviess County Monument relocation Committee met for the first time on Monday to discuss possible locations for the confederate statue to move to.

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 9:28 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2020 9:29 PM

On monday, the monument relocation committee held its first meeting to discuss where this confederate monument will be moved to.

"But this is very important," said committe member, Aloma Drew. "This is what being a community means. I think we all care about our city, and we want the future to be more inclusive and more progressive than the past has been, and i think we can make that happen."

It comes after month of debate that divided the community.

Ultimately, the Daviess County Fiscal Court found middle ground, voting in August to remove it from the court house lawn.

“Well, the reasoning is, and there were some who thought that the confederate monument was a representation of slavery and all those horrors that went on,” said Daviess County Judge Executive Al Mattingly.

And after spending more than three years petitioning to get that confederate statue moved removed from the courthouse lawn, the local NAACP president here in Owensboro spoke about her reaction when she heard the news.

“When we heard that they overwhelmingly voted to move the statue, we were all like ‘our hard work has paid off,’” said Rhondalyn Randolph.

But the committee is still working to find the solider a new home.

“Seems like, right now, that the majority would like to see the statue go into a museum, a local museum, or into a local cemetery," said Mattingly. "I know Elmwood Cemetery has several confederates buried in its cemetery.”

The committee has until february of 2021 to make a decision on where this statue will be relocated to.

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