Panel: Remove plaque that calls Jefferson Davis ‘hero’

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A panel of historic properties advisers in Kentucky has recommended removing a plaque from a statue of Jefferson Davis that identifies the only president of the Confederacy as a “patriot, hero, statesman.”

The statue sits in the rotunda of the Kentucky Capitol, just behind a statue of former President Abraham Lincoln.  Both Lincoln and Davis were born in Kentucky.

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Black leaders have called for the removal of the statue.  Their requests gained momentum after the racially-motivated killings of nine people at a South Carolina church in 2015 and the recent violent protests at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

The statues are governed by the state Historic Properties Advisory Commission.  A committee recommended Thursday to remove the plaque from the Davis statue.  The full commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal next month.