LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The long awaited decision of where the University of Louisville's controversial Confederate monument will go is finally here.
On Tuesday, the Mayor Fischer's office confirmed to WAVE 3 News that the monument will be moved to Brandenburg, KY.
The monument will be part of the walking history trail at the River Front Park, not far from other statues representing times such as the underground railroad.
A time capsule believed to be embedded in the structure of the monument will be retrieved and loaned to the Filson Historical Society for a future historic exhibit.
Mayor Fischer decided to move the city-owned monument after reviewing a list of recommended sites from Louisville's Commission on Public Art. The mayor said factors for the move to Brandenburg included the city's desire to use the statue in a historical context, as part of its Civil War reenactments, as well as the city's location along the Ohio River, just 44 miles from Louisville, the press release says.
"This new location provides an opportunity to remember and respect our history in a more proper context," the Mayor said. "And it's close enough that Louisvillians can visit."
A judge ruled in June that Louisville did have the right to move the statue. Since then, several historical societies have been vying for the monument to add to their historical statue and art collections.
The Brandenburg City Council and the Meade County Fiscal Court are expected to vote Wednesday to accept the monument.
City of Brandenburg Mayor Ronnie Joyner and Meade County Judge Executive Gerry Lynn were among those who made a pitch for the monument during a Commission on Public Art meeting in July. Joyner and Lynn described the riverfront as a very visible, "very good home" for the monument.
Joyner and Lynn said on Tuesday that they are delighted with Mayor Fischer's decision. They said they believe the monument will augment tourism to the city and with the city's commemoration of Gen. John Hunt Morgan's raid through Brandenburg.
The monument will be disassembled starting on Saturday, Nov. 19 and will take several days to carefully bring down the structure and move it by truck to Meade County.
A timetable for the movement of the statue is as follows:
- 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 – Fencing begins to go up around the monument and site
- 7 p.m. Nov. 18 — Second and Third streets will close completely around the monument. One lane in each direction will reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
- Morning of Nov. 19 — Crane and equipment arrives, and disassembly of monument begins. Depending on weather, the work is expected to continue until Friday, Nov. 25.
- Week of Nov. 28th – Monument moves to Brandenburg to be re-erected.