Hopkins County Officials Consider Building Union Statue on Courthouse Lawn

Officials at a Hopkins County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday suggested that instead of tearing down the Confederate statue on the courthouse lawn, a Union statue be built nearby.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 2:53 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 9:08 AM

What started as a petition to remove the Confederate statue that stands in front of the Hopkins County Courthouse in downtown Madisonville, Kentucky, came full circle during a Hopkins County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday.

Officials at the meeting on Tuesday suggested that as a compromise, another statue representing the Union be constructed on the courthouse lawn, where the Confederate statue stands.

Several dozen people were present in the Hopkins County Courthouse on Tuesday to voice their desire to keep the confederate statue as a way to preserve history, but when they were presented with the idea of constructing a Union statue, many agreed it was a good solution.

Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield says the Confederate monument can be used as a tool to learn from.

"I said from the start that I thought we could use this as a teaching monument to learn about the past and the atrocities that were committed, and the evils of the Civil War in general," Whitfield explained. "So I think we need to teach people about that so we don't ever go back to something like that."

Magistrates of the Hopkins County Fiscal Court are expected to take a vote on the new statue at their next meeting.

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