Jefferson Davis statue removed from Kentucky Capitol where it stood for 84 years

by Adam Ford · Jun 13th, 2020 2:57 pm

A marble statue of Jefferson Davis, the leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was removed from the rotunda of the Kentucky state Capitol on Saturday, where it stood since 1936.

A panel that oversees statues in the Capitol voted 11-1 to have it removed and transferred to the Jefferson Davis Historic Site in Todd County.

Calling it a "a historic day in the commonwealth," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said:

"It was past time for this vote and for this action. But what it will mean is that we get a little closer to truly being Team Kentuckythat every child who walks into this Capitol feels welcome, and none of them have to look at a symbol and a statue that stands for the enslavement of their ancestors."


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