Last week, Steve Davis shared with us the story of “Black Bess,” John Hunt Morgan’s mare that was turned, by a sculptor’s whim, into a stallion. Because of Steve’s post, I decided to seek out the Morgan statue in Lexington, Kentucky, when I passed through recently.
But the statue no longer stands in its former spot downtown. In October 2017, Morgan’s statue and a nearby statue of John Breckinridge, were both removed following a unanimous vote by the city council; in July 2018, the statues were moved to new locations in Lexington Cemetery, where both men are buried (read more here).
Morgan now stands among the cemetery’s section of Confederate dead. It was, I thought, a lovely spot. (The area around Morgan’s own gravesite was too congested for the statue to fit there, although there was room around Breckinridge’s family plot for his statue to be erected there.)
And, yes, the notorious anatomical anomaly Steve Davis had written about is still clearly visible: