Robert E. Lee

COMMENTARY

‘Ghosts of a Lost Cause’ tells an unfinished story stretching beyond ‘friendliest small town’

BY: - January 8, 2024

Murray’s controversial court square Confederate monument “represents a distorted, bloody and awful past that we cannot forget but should not celebrate,” said Murray State University historian Brian Clardy. The 1917-vintage stone memorial topped by a 5½-foot statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy’s most famous general, is the subject of a new film, “Ghosts of […]

Film series captures Black communities, struggles, solidarity across Kentucky

BY: - August 4, 2023

Sherman Neal spent many days of the summer of 2020 in the Western Kentucky college town of Murray next to a Confederate monument at the county courthouse.  It was on the heels of the murder of George Floyd and the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor when Neal — a Black volunteer college football coach, […]

COMMENTARY

From enslaver to leader of Union forces at Mill Springs and Chickamauga to a civil rights defender

BY: - June 5, 2023

Editor’s note: A Lantern reader pointed out another Kentucky connection after this commentary was published. The City of Fort Thomas was named in honor of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, the Union general from the Confederate state of Virginia. In 1887, the United States Army moved the Newport Barracks to higher ground due to excessive […]