By WLKY and IL Staff
A judge has signed a restraining order to temporarily halt the removal of the Confederate veterans monument near the University of Louisville campus.
Republican candidate for Congress Everett Corley sought the restraining order. On Monday, Jefferson Circuit Judge Judith McDonald issued a restraining order in the case, barring Metro Government from “moving, removing, disassembling, placing into storage, or tampering in any way with the Confederate Monument.”
UofL President James Ramsey and Mayor Greg Fischer announced the statue’s removal last week, indicating it would be held in storage until a new permanent location is selected.
Shortly after that announcement, Insider Louisville spotted Corley yelling at workers near the monument and singing a verse of the song “Dixie.”
“I believe that this is the equivalent of … book burning,” he told IL. “This is the confiscation of history.”
The statue was given to the city by the Kentucky Woman’s Monument Association in 1895 to commemorate the Kentuckians who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Corley said the monument is a historic landmark that pays tribute to all veterans, calling it a cultural icon. The UofL graduate also suggested its removal was a ploy by Ramsey to deflect from his “abysmal record.”
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, who holds the seat Corley wants to win, issued this statement following last week’s announcement that the statue would be removed:
“I heartily welcome Mayor Fischer and President Ramsey’s decision to remove the Confederate monument from UofL’s campus. It honors a shameful episode in our nation’s history, one that represents a hateful division and fails to truly reflect our city and Commonwealth’s role in the Civil War.”