PADUCAH, Ky. — A tense public debate is ongoing in a Kentucky city about whether to move a statue of Confederate Gen. Lloyd Tilghman.

The Paducah Sun reports the Paducah City Commission took public comments at their Tuesday meeting about the potential removal of the statue, which is located in a public park. Commissioners didn’t make a decision about how to handle the statue.

A wide range of views were represented. Craig Cain of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans said keeping the statue is a matter of preserving southern heritage.

Resident Dawn Smith said, “The same southern ancestors you are hoping to honor inflicted campaigns of terror against mine.”

Mayor Brandi Harless thanked attendees and asked them to ask themselves, “How can I understand what racism in 2017 looks like?”


Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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