Confederate Monument Sparks Debate In Kentucky College Town


On this West Virginia Morning, while some statues of confederate generals have been toppled or ordered down in some cities and towns, the debate carries on in other places. We hear about one man’s mission to bring down a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Murray, Kentucky. Also, we hear about Appalachia’s connection to Wales through music, and we listen to this week’s Mountain Stage song of the week.

Nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice have reignited debates around the Ohio Valley over monuments to the Confederacy. In one west Kentucky college town, the push to remove a Confederate monument began with just one man who’s a U.S. Marine veteran, attorney, and football coach. Liam Niemeyer has more.

As part of our Inside Appalachia folkways project, we’ve been exploring Appalachia’s unique connection to Wales. Both regions have similarities through coal, mountainous landscapes, folktales, and music, too. As our folkways reporter Catlin Tan discovered, there’s a growing community of musicians from both Wales and Appalachia who share an interest in the culture that binds them together.

Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are the singers, songwriters and guitarists that comprise the modern folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. Our Mountain Stage song of the week, “Mourning In America” is from the band’s 2018 record All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do.

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West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson, Eric Douglas, Corey Knollinger, Emily Allen, and Roxy Todd.

Glynis Board produced this show. Dave Mistich was our host.

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