Standing in Louisville for more than a century, public statue now in storage

Century old statue of George Prentice moved into storage

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Crews took apart the monument of George Dennison Prentice after debate on what the piece of art represented.

The statue of the Louisville newspaper editor sat in front of the Main Library since 1914.

Vandalism to it, along with the vandalism of the John B. Castleman statue in February, sparked a debate on public art depicting figures with ties to the city’s segregationist past.

Orange paint was still on the Prentice statue as officials moved it away to storage.

The decision to move it was made in August. Mayor Greg Fischer said both statues of Prentice and Castleman would be removed from the public space.

Fischer recommended both statues move to Cave Hill Cemetery, where the men are buried.

Cave Hill Cemetery declined to have Prentice’s statue moved there.

Prentice was a Louisville newspaper editor who published anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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“Several months ago, our commission on public art released guidelines for public art in the community," Fischer said. "At that time, I said both Prentice and Castleman would be moved by the year end.”

The Castleman statue still sits in Cherokee Triangle. It has been vandalized multiple times since August 2017, including as recently as late November.

Past vandalism to the Castleman statue cost the city thousands to remove. This happened in late November.
Past vandalism to the Castleman statue cost the city thousands to remove. This happened in late November. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The words “No Borders” and “House Homeless” from the most recent vandalism are still on the monument.

The mayor’s office said they are still in discussion with Cave Hill to take the Castleman Statue. There is no date on when or if an agreement will be reached before the end of the year.

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