State panel seeks public input on Davis statue

A state commission says it will seek public comment on whether a statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis should be removed from the Kentucky Capitol’s rotunda.

The Historic Properties Advisory Commission agreed Thursday to accept written comments until July 29 and then meet again on Aug. 5.

Commission Chairman Steve Collins says public sentiment will “weigh heavily” in deciding the statue’s fate. Collins didn’t commit to a vote on the issue at the commission’s next meeting.

Momentum has been building to remove the Davis statue from the rotunda in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed nine black people in a South Carolina church last week.

Both of Kentucky’s candidates for governor, Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin, support moving the Davis statue.

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