Rally for Confederate Flag, statue at Kentucky Capitol

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FRANKFORT Ky. (WTVQ) – A pro-Confederacy group rallied on the State Capitol steps as a state commission considers removing the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis who was born in Kentucky, in the Capitol Rotunda.

They’re also not happy that Confederate Flags and merchandise are being removed from all the gift shops at state parks.

About 100 people were at the rally saying the statue should stay.

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The Kentucky Chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans say their support for the Confederate symbols aren’t about race but about remembering their ancestors and the country’s history.

The statue has stood in the Capitol Rotunda since 1936. Its fate came into question last month after nine African-Americans were killed by a white gunman at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

People who gathered on the steps say the symbols have nothing to do with the tragedy.

“We’re here to demonstrate on behalf of our heritage and ancestors and it has nothing to do with this racial overtone,” said Bob Cherry after the rally.

The Historic Properties Advisory Commission is collecting public feedback about the statue before making a final decision on whether it will remain in the Capitol Rotunda.