OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – The Confederate statue from the Daviess County Courthouse lawn will soon have a new home. Daviess County Judge Executive Al Mattingly says an agreement has been reached with the United Daughters of the Confederacy to move the base to property the UDC owns just south of Owensboro.
The property covers part of the Panther Creek battle site- the only known Civil War battle to take place within Daviess County. Currently, two markers stand on the battle site just off US 431 in Utica.
Thursday’s announcement comes after years of heated debate over the future of the Confederate statue and its base on the courthouse lawn, including billboards calling for its removal and lawsuits to keep it in place. The announcement also comes just two months after the statue itself was removed from the courthouse lawn at the end of May.
Judge Executive Mattingly says the agreement was “a long time coming,” adding it feels good to move past the issue and focus on other concerns within Daviess County. Mattingly says the courthouse is for all people in Daviess County to conduct their public business and is not the place for a Confederate statue or its base.
Some people said they’re glad to see the statue and the base leave the courthouse lawn. Cindy Aud says the statue and the story it brings is a part of history, paraphrasing the old adage that “those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.” Connie Morgan says she’s not personally offended by the statue but understands that other people are so she’s ok with it being gone.