FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – Having led the push to take down a statue of Jefferson Davis, Kentucky’s governor had a ceremonial role in its removal from the state Capitol.
Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday pushed the button to a rig that lifted the marble statue off its pedestal in the Capitol Rotunda.
Beshear tweeted a photo showing the statue to the Confederate president being hoisted.
It was a sudden and dramatic departure for a statue that advocates wanted removed for years.
On Friday, a state commission voted to move the statue to a state historic site in southern Kentucky where Davis was born.