FRANKFORT, Ky. – A plaque calls the Southern President Jefferson Davis a “Patriot-Hero-Statesman” has been removed from his statue in Kentucky’s Capitol.
Kentucky’s Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted last year to remove the plaque, one of the many Southern markers interrogated in the whole country, in the wake of racist violence. But that decision was deferred so a lawyer of the Republican Gov. Matt Bevin administration could ensure that state law gives the commission such authority.
Kentucky officials decided in 2015 not to remove the statue itself. The 15-foot (4.5-meter) marble statue of Davis stands on the edge of a roundabout, just behind the 14-foot (4.3-meter) bronze statue of another Kentucky born politician: Abraham Lincoln.