- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A statue of a Confederate leader that stands in downtown Lexington has been spray-painted with the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

The John Hunt Morgan statue at the old courthouse on Main Street was sprayed with black paint across the Confederate general’s name. It happened sometime before Friday morning.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says he doesn’t condone the vandalism, but understands that the statue brings out strong feelings. He says it’s time for the city to reconsider its Confederate memorials.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1Jql37V ) city parks employees will clean the statute as soon as police have finished their investigation.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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