Judge rules on Confederate monument controversy

Judge rules on Confederate monument controversy
The monument will be moved to Brandenburg's River Front Park history trail.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Confederate monument at the University of Louisville has been cleared for relocation.

A motion to dismiss a complaint that would have prevented the monument from being moved was granted Monday by Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman.

Louisville Metro Government had requested that a temporary injunction filed by Sons of the Confederate Veterans on May 2 be dissolved. It is now cleared for relocation.

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The Confederate monument stands at the convergence of Second and Third Street near the Speed Art Museum at the University of Louisville. It is dedicated to the "rank and file of the Armies of the South." It was built with funds raised by the Kentucky Women's Confederate Monument Association and placed on a parcel of land located at Third Street and Shipp Avenue in 1895. The monument was moved to its present location in 1954.

On April 29, 2016, Mayor Greg Fischer and UofL President James Ramsey announced plans to remove the monument, clean and repair it, and relocate it to a more appropriate location, which has not yet been determined. The cost was to be covered by private from from the UofL Foundation.

Fearing the monument would be destroyed or never again displayed publicly, Sons of the Confederate Veterans filed for a temporary restraining order. The group voiced concerns about whether the city was acting legally since the monument is a designated historical object and is located in a preservation district.

This story will be updated.

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