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Conway: Davis Statue in Kentucky Capitol Belongs in a Museum

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  Kentucky Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda belongs elsewhere, and he’ll urge the agency that oversees the state’s historic properties to move it.  

Conway says the statue should be in "a museum where history is taught, rather than the capitol where laws are made and rights are upheld."  Conway also says he will submit a public comment to the Historic Properties Commission asking for the Davis statue’s removal and the consideration of an appropriate replacement.  Conway’s statement comes a day after Governor Steve Beshear asked the commission to review the rotunda’s monuments in context of the Commonwealth’s history.

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.
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