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Judge rules Daviess County Confederate statue can be moved

 The statue of a Confederate soldier has been on the lawn of the courthouse in Daviess County, Kentucky since 1900.
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The statue of a Confederate soldier has been on the lawn of the courthouse in Daviess County, Kentucky since 1900.

A judge has ruled that the statue of a Confederate soldier that has been on the lawn of the Daviess County Courthouse since 1900 can be moved.

Daviess Circuit Court Judge Lisa Payne Jones said in her April 29 ruling that the statue is owned by the Fiscal Court, which has the authority to “dispose of it as they choose.

The Kentucky Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has claimed they own the monument.

The nationwide controversy about Confederate statues was ignited after the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017 organized by white nationalists and other extremists, when 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others injured.

The Owensboro Times reports Judge Jones noted that after that event, citizens who found the Daviess County statue objectionable complained to the Fiscal Court. That’s when the Fiscal Court decided remove the monument from the courthouse lawn.

The attorney for the Daughters of the Confederacy said no decision has been made yet about an appeal.

 The statue of a Confederate soldier located at the Daviess County, Kentucky courthouse was dedicated in September 2000.
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The statue of a Confederate soldier located at the Daviess County, Kentucky courthouse was dedicated in September 2000.

Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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