Lexington’s Cheapside Park was once the largest slave-trading locality in Kentucky. For roughly 100 years, it was also home to monuments that honored two Confederate slave owners: John C. Breckinridge and John Hunt Morgan. In 2015, the Morgan statue was spray-painted with the words “Black Lives Matter,” which sparked community dialogue questioning the relevance of Confederate statuary in the public sphere—while also addressing the trauma that those symbols produce. Since then, a coalition of citizens banded together to petition their local government to remove the statues and re-imagine Cheapside as a place of inclusion, edification, and healing.

Fall 2019