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Stuart Sanders: Bemoaning statues? Then support places where history actually happened

Confederate monuments are in the crosshairs. Officials in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and beyond are calling for the removal of memorials to rebels and their cause. In Kentucky, authorities evicted the Jefferson Davis statue from the capitol rotunda. Members of Congress have also considered striking rebel names from military bases and might remove 11 statues from the U.S. Capitol. This news...

Historic properties committee recommends removal of plaque from Jefferson Davis statue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A committee of historic properties advisors on Thursday recommended replacing a plaque from the Jefferson Davis statue that calls the only president of the Confederacy a “patriot, hero, statesman.” “There appears to be subjective language on it,“ said Committee Chairman Craig Potts. “The reference to Jefferson Davis as a ‘Patriot-Hero-Statesman’ is subjective,...

Civil rights groups, Black Legislative Caucus to rally Wednesday for removal of Jefferson Davis statue

Members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus (KBLC), the NAACP, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will sponsor a statewide rally Wednesday. The event will begin 11: at30 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda to voice their support for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue...

Confederate imagery topic of Constitution Day town hall forum at UK; open to public

The tragic massacre of nine African-American congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and the subsequent removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina capitol have generated a national conversation on the appropriateness of Confederate symbols and imagery in the public space.   Kentucky has found itself in the middle of this conversation,...

Bill Straub: Assuming Davis statue gets the heave-ho, let’s honor Georgia Davis Powers

Uncovering an issue that Kentucky Republicans and Democrats on both the federal and state level agree upon is rather like finding a gold nugget in a Cracker Jack box – rare, unexpected and very welcome.   It happened recently in wake of the tragic shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church basement by an avowed racist that left nine African-Americans dead. Led by Republican gubernatorial...

Bill Straub: Assuming Davis statue gets the heave-ho, let's honor Georgia Davis Powers

Uncovering an issue that Kentucky Republicans and Democrats on both the federal and state level agree upon is rather like finding a gold nugget in a Cracker Jack box – rare, unexpected and very welcome.   It happened recently in wake of the tragic shooting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church basement by an avowed racist that left nine African-Americans dead. Led by Republican gubernatorial...