Historic committee moving forward with plans to build Union soldier monument in Hopkins Co.

Historic committee moving forward with plans to build Union soldier monument in Hopkins Co.

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WFIE) - The Hopkins County Historic Courthouse Monument Committee met Thursday afternoon, seeking to quell public opinion about the Confederate statue that currently sits on the courthouse lawn.

The committee’s solution is to pair the Confederate monument with another one exhibiting the likeness of a Union solider.

This project is over a century in the making. The idea for a Union statue first originated nearly 111 years ago, but funds weren’t available at the time.

County officials say the new monument will cost around $40,000, and could be finished as soon as summer 2021.

“Often decisions are made off of the loudest voice, my position is to represent everybody in the county, and I think right now this is the best way to do that," Hopkins County Judge-Executive Jack Whitfield said. "We’re bringing different people together who want to see something happen, and coming to a compromise to get something done. It’s going to help everybody in the community, and will make these statues good educational tools.”

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