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Jefferson Davis statue removed from Capitol Rotunda

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 18:16:36-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — After a historic vote on Friday, the Jefferson Davis statue is being removed from the Capitol Rotunda this morning.

Crews arrived before 7:00 am to continue the work that started yesterday afternoon.

The Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted 11-1 to remove the statue from the Capitol.

The statue dedicated to the president of the Confederacy was installed in the 1930's, and will be relocated to Fairview, Kentucky, his birthplace.

After removing the statue from its base, crews found a bottle of Glenmore bourbon and a Frankfort State Journal from 1936.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Jefferson Davis statue was lifted by crane and set onto the back of a truck bed.

We'll continue to update this story throughout the day.