Protecting Jackson’s Statue

Protecting Jackson’s Statue

A group of people gathered outside the former Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery Saturday to protect Jackson’s statue in response to rumors the statue was to be toppled by protestors. “It started with some internet traffic early in the week,” Lexington Interim Chief Mark Riley reported. Chatter on social media “spawned rumors,” Riley said, leading some to believe a group of protestors would be organizing Saturday to take down the statue. According to Riley, there were people present to keep an eye on Jackson’s gravesite from about 6 a.m. to midnight. “There were no issues whatsoever. They were a very respectful group,” said Riley. “The NAACP also had a great event Saturday,” he said of the George Floyd vigil in Richardson Park. He said that gathering also went on without incident. “It was a fairly good day with a lot of people in town,” Riley said. On the department’s role at this time, Riley said, “I always say, we show the world how to peacefully protest.” (Claudia Schwab photo)