Black Organizations Sponsor Rally at Kentucky State Capitol supporting removal of Jefferson Davis statue

The Jefferson davis statue commemorates the Kentucky -born president of the confederacy.

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Members of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus (KBLC), the NAACP, the Kentucky Human Rights Commission, and the Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will sponsor a statewide rally beginning 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 30th in the Capitol rotunda to voice their support for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on display there.

“The Capitol of this great Commonwealth is not a fitting place for a statue celebrating the president of the Confederate States of America,” said state Rep. Reggie Meeks of Louisville, who serves as chair of the Kentucky Black Legislative Caucus. “The statue serves as a symbol of bigotry, injustice, and a failed ideology to enslave and brutalize human beings for economic gain. We will gather peacefully to express in the strongest and plainest terms the need for the statue’s removal…”

Blacks have advocated for years to have the statue of Davis removed from Kentucky’s State Capitol Rotunda. Jefferson Davis was a native of the Commonwealth and President of the Confederacy, which fought in vain to maintain slavery.

The all-White Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission (HPAC) met August 5, 2015 to decide the fate of the Jefferson Davis statue that stands in the Capitol.

“I asked the Commission to review the appropriateness of the Jefferson Davis statue remaining in the Rotunda,’’ said  then Governor Steve Beshear (D) in his 2015 press release.

“The Commission received thousands of public comments and consulted with state historians. The consensus it reached is that the Jefferson Davis statue represented a part of the state’s history and will remain in the Capitol,’’ Beshear explained.

Noted historian Dr. Gerald Smith said this in a 2015 Herald-Leader opinion piece, “The swiftness of the process, decision and response afterward seemed to trivialize the entire matter. An issue of this magnitude should have involved a committee of trained museum professionals and historians. I believe state officials sent a disgraceful and demoralizing message by not properly addressing contested symbols of racial division.’’


  • Wednesday, Aug. 30 beginning at 11:30 a.m.
  • Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort, KY
  • Early arrival recommended due to length of time needed to park and clear security.