Violent clashes occurred Saturday between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.
'The tragic events in Charlottesville today have accelerated the announcement I meant to make next week, ' Gray said in a statement just hours after a protest of the removal of a Confederate statue in the Virginia city devolved into violent clashes.
In addition, the president of the Jacksonville, Florida, city council has called for the city to take an inventory of its confederate monuments, and said he would then propose legislation to relocate those monuments to museums.
Charm City now houses four statues: the Confederate Soldiers and Sailor Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women's Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J.
The statues of John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge are on the grounds of Lexington's former courthouse, which is set to become a visitor's center.
"Today's events in Virginia remind us that we must bring our country together by condemning violence, white supremacists and Nazi hate groups", Mr.
Mayor Gray said the events in Charlottesville "accelerated his decision" to act. The Lexington council is expected to take its first vote on the proposal to move the statues on Tuesday.
"It's the right thing to do", he told the Post. "I think moving the statues to Veterans Park will allow the city to still honor history. This needs to be done", Mr. Kay told the Herald-Leader.