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Governor has role in Davis statue's removal from Capitol

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Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 16:42:53-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Having led the push to take down a statue of Jefferson Davis, Kentucky's governor had a ceremonial role in its removal from the state Capitol.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday pushed the button to a rig that lifted the marble statue off its pedestal in the Capitol Rotunda.

Beshear tweeted a photo showing the statue to the Confederate president being hoisted.

It was a sudden and dramatic departure for a statue that advocates wanted removed for years.

On Friday, a state commission voted to move the statue to a state historic site in southern Kentucky where Davis was born.