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Madisonville Reaching Compromise On Confederate Statute

What started as a petition to remove the Confederate statue on the old Hopkins County Courthouse lawn has come full circle, which magistrates suggesting during the fiscal court meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1st that instead of tearing it down or relocating it, a new monument that represents the Union side of the Civil War will be erected on the other side of the courthouse.

Posted: Sep 1, 2020 7:58 PM

After months of debate about whether or not to keep, remove and or relocate the Confederate statue sitting at the former Hopkins County Courthouse, a compromise has been suggested.

Judge Executive Jack Whitfield announced that after working with several local organizations, a plan of building a new statue that represents the Union side of the Civil War was well received.

“I said this from the start, ‘we can use this as a teaching moment to learn about the past and the atrocities committed and the evils of the civil war in general,” he said. “So, I think we need to teach people about that so we don’t ever go back to something like that.”

The big question -- how will it be paid for?

As for now, it won’t be from any tax dollars, but from fundraising.

“It’s going to be a completely privately funded initiative," Whitfield said. "But there are still a lot of details to work out, work through with different groups, different people. We’ll get a committee together to move forward with it.”

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