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Plaque honoring Jefferson Davis removed at Kentucky Capitol

The Kentucky Capitol. (Source: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission) The Kentucky Capitol. (Source: Kentucky Legislative Research Commission)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A plaque calling Confederate President Jefferson Davis a "Patriot-Hero-Statesman" has been removed from his statue in Kentucky's Capitol.

Kentucky's Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted last year to remove the plaque, one of many Confederate markers being questioned around the country in the wake of racially motivated violence. But that decision was delayed so a lawyer from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration could make sure state law gives the commission such authority.

Kentucky officials decided in 2015 not to remove the statue itself. The 15-foot (4.5-meter) marble statue of Davis stands at the edge of a rotunda, just behind the 14-foot (4.3-meter) bronze statue of another Kentucky-born politician: Abraham Lincoln.

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