A statue of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy, will be removed from the Kentucky State Capitol.
The Historic Properties Advisory Commission held a special meeting on Friday, at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear, to determine the monument’s fate. In an 11-1 vote, the commission determined that the statue will be relocated.
Carol Mitchell, director of historic properties and state curator, recommended removal early on in the meeting.
Commissioner Cathy Thomas pointed out that “there was no Jefferson Davis statue at our Capitol during his lifetime. The monument was unveiled in 1936, at the height of the Jim Crow era", she said.
“It purpose was clear… to reaffirm a legacy of White Supremacy,” Thomas said during the meeting.