A crowd of several dozen protestors gathered at the Confederate soldiers monument on the Calloway County courthouse lawn Wednesday, after the Calloway County Fiscal Court approved a resolution to keep the statue in place. The statue has drawn controversy in the past, but most recently came under fire after a mounting campaign for its removal included many Murray State University officials, Murray City Council, former Murray State basketball standout Ja Morant and other community voices.

The monument, topped with a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, has stood on the courthouse lawn since 1917, after the United Daughters of the Confederacy was granted permission four years earlier to place the statue in that location.

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