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Morant requests removal of Robert E. Lee statue in Murray

Ja Morant
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jun 14, 2020

MURRAY, Ky. (LEX 18) — NBA star and former Murray State point guard Ja Morant is asking Calloway County to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from the courthouse square.

Morant sent his request by letter to Judge-Executive Kenneth Imes.

In his letter dated Thursday, Morant wrote, "Murray felt like a second home from the minute I stepped on campus and became a part of the Murray State community.

"As a young black man, I cannot stress enough how disturbing and oppressive it is to know the city still honors a confederate war general defending white supremacy and hatred. Given recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement, it's necessary to act now," wrote Morant.

The monument was erected in 1917 to honor Confederate soldiers from Calloway County.