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Statue Of Confederate Leader At The Center Of Frankfort Discussions

Kentucky Historical Society

Democratic State Sen. Gerald Neal says he’s not sure if the momentum to remove a prominent marble statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda has reached critical mass yet, but he’s hearing more discussion about it than ever before.

"I'm talking about from the Greg Stumbos to the Robert Stivers, the leader of the House and Senate, as well as my colleagues in the leadership where I am in the Democratic caucus, our governor opening the door wide open for addressing this issue... I've never seen that before," Neal said during an interview with cn|2 Pure Politics.

Neal is a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and an acquaintance of  Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina lawmaker who was killed during the recent shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Officials will revisit the Davis statue’s placement during a special August 5 meeting of the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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