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Rally for Removal of Jefferson Davis Statue from State Capitol Planned

There will be an organized rally calling for the removal of a statue from the Kentucky State Capitol building.

Members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus (KBLC), the NAACP, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) are sponsoring the rally beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda to voice their support for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on display there.

Davis, a native of Kentucky, was president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. 

In a news release, organizers called the statue "an insult".

“The Capitol of this great Commonwealth is not a fitting place for a statue celebrating the president of the Confederate States of America,” said state Rep. Reggie Meeks (D-Louisville), who serves as chair of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus, in a statement. “The statue serves as a symbol of bigotry, injustice, and a failed ideology to enslave and brutalize human beings for economic gain. We will gather peacefully to express in the strongest and plainest terms the need for the statue’s removal.”

The issue follows a series of similar protests around Confederate monuments across the country, as well as days of violence in Charlottesville, Va. In Lexington, Mayor Jim Gray has called for the removal of two Confederate monuments.

Gov. Matt Bevin called the effort to remove the monuments "dangerous" because it would allow people to "pretend it didn't happen," according to a report in the Herald-Leader.

-Staff report

Photo: Jefferson Davis statue in Frankfort (via Wiki Commons/by Frederick Cleveland Hibbard)