Removal of controversial statue was improper, according to Kentucky Supreme Court

A ruling has been made regarding the removal of a contentious statue from Louisville by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Justices disagreed with decisions made by Jefferson County and the Court of Appeals, which upheld the removal of the Castleman statue from Cherokee Triangle in 2020.

According to Friends of Louisville Public Art, there was a conflict of interest because previous Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer appointed some of the council members who were in support of the removal.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling, the Jefferson Circuit Court will once again hear the matter.

John Breckinridge Castleman was a powerful landowner and merchant in Louisville, Kentucky, a Confederate officer, and afterward, a brigadier general in the United States Army. He died on May 23, 1918.

The case centered not around whether the Castleman statue was a symbol of racism and bigotry, as the former mayor of Louisville said at the time, but whether or not the city followed proper procedure in its removal.

According to an obituary in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 25, 1918, Castleman renounced his support for slavery later in life.

Billy Mosley, Lead Reporter for The Kentucky Daily

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