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Lexington, Kentucky will be the next city to shuffle the location of two of its Confederate-era monuments, the city’s mayor, Jim Gray, revealed on Saturday. The original plan was to announce the statues’ removal next week, but the deadly events that unfolded over a brutal weekend in Charlottesville have hastened Gray’s decision. Allow him to explain in a series of tweets:

The statues in question are of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge, both of which currently stand on the grounds of Lexington’s former courthouse, soon to be converted into a $30 million visitor’s center, complete with a restaurant, office space and bourbon bar. Gray’s hope is that Lexington can position itself as a progressive hub of “the new South,” though such an image will be difficult to secure as long as it retains its Confederate icons.

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According to CNN, Morgan served in the Mexican-American war and fought for the Confederacy until he dropped dead in 1864. Breckinridge, who was the 14th Vice President of the United States under President James Buchanan, was a slave owner and at one point the Confederate Secretary of War.

White supremacists gathered in Charlottesville this weekend to protest the city’s relocation of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Violent clashes left one dead and dozens injured after a driver, identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields, drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counterprotesters around 1:45 p.m. on Saturday. The impact killed Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who attended the rally in protest of the hate and bigotry for which it stood.

Gray said that he will ask the the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Council to request a state commission for permission to remove the statues. If approved, the statues will simply be relocated to a nearby park honoring veterans, which doesn’t seem like enough.