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Removal of Jefferson Davis plaque in Kentucky delayed

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A plaque in the Kentucky Capitol declaring Jefferson Davis to be a hero and a patriot will not be removed until a lawyer with Gov. Matt Bevin's administration can determine whether the commission that voted to get rid of the marker has the authority to do it.

The plaque is attached to a 15-foot (4.5 meters) marble statue of Davis, who was born in Kentucky and became the only president of the Confederacy. The statue is governed by the Historic Properties Advisory Commission, which in 2015 voted not to remove it from the Capitol following the racially motivated killings of nine people at an African-American church in South Carolina.

But earlier this year, the commission voted unanimously to remove the plaque, which it said was "subjective."

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