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Commission Votes To Keep Davis Statue In Kentucky Capitol

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A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis will remain in the Kentucky State Capitol building’s rotunda.

The Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted to keep the statue despite calls from Gov. Steve Beshear, Sen. Mitch McConnell, leaders of both legislative chambers, and the Republican and Democratic nominees for governor.

Kentucky NAACP President Raoul Cunningham said that he was disappointed in the vote.

“I don’t think you need a statue of Hitler in the state capitol to discuss the ills of Nazism or the Holocaust," remarked Cunningham.

Calls to remove the statue began after a shooting in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina in late June. The incident prompted many southern states to re-evaluate Confederate symbols on state properties.

Ryland is the state capitol reporter for the Kentucky Public Radio Network, a group of public radio stations including WKU Public Radio. A native of Lexington, Ryland has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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