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Kentucky's state curator says a citizens group is seeking a special military designation for a statue of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, displayed in Kentucky's Capitol Rotunda. 

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An effort is underway in Kentucky to replace a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Capitol Rotunda with a tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali. 

Lexington attorney and former State Treasurer Jonathan Miller have begun an online petition seeking the change.  Miller says Ali’s recent death has more people talking about his place in history. 

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A little over two weeks ago, we spoke with two professors of Murray State's history department who were among the 72 Kentucky history professors who signed a letter calling for the removal of the statue of Confederate president and Kentucky native Jefferson Davis from the capitol rotunda in Frankfort. The letter went to Governor Steve Beshear and to the Kentucky Historical Properties Advisory Commission, which earlier this August voted 7-2 to keep the statue where it is. But that doesn't mean the debate is over. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Tom Hiter, former Director of Heritage Defense for the Sons of Confederate Veterans and longtime SCV member Dr. Don Duncan.

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Seventy-two history professors in Kentucky have signed a letter to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission of Kentucky calling for the removal of the statue of the controversial Jefferson Davis in the capitol rotunda in Frankfort to a museum. Todd Hatton speaks with two history professors at Murray State University who signed the letter, Dr. Duane Bolin and Dr. David Pizzo who argue for a contextual understanding of Davis and explain Kentucky's distinct position as a state on both sides of the Civil War.

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The chance for the public to comment on whether the state should keep a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the state Capitol rotunda closes on Wednesday.

Members of the Historic Properties Advisory Commission will then discuss findings at a special meeting held on Aug. 5.

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The public is being invited to comment about moving the statue of Jefferson Davis from the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort to a nearby history center. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is encouraging the public to attend a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission on August 5, and to comment on the removal by July 29th. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Commissioner Timothy Thomas of Madisonville.

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Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis is getting a lot of heat in the commonwealth in lieu of the most recent shootings in South Carolina. Even a lightning bolt that struck the Jefferson Davis Historic Site's obelisk in Fairview on June 26th became newsworthy because of the controversy surrounding the role of the confederate flag. This year, the Kentucky State Parks' site  hosted its inaugural 4th of July celebration.

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A state park honoring confederate leader Jefferson Davis will play host to its first Independence Day celebration this weekend. The “Friends of Jefferson Davis Historic Site” suggested the Fairview park host the event. The decision comes despite national controversy over the confederate flag and its heritage.  Parks Manager Rod Syndor denies any controversy at his park and said the celebration will be focused on U.S. independence.

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  Top Kentucky Democrats and Republicans  want a statue of Jefferson Davis removed from the state Capitol rotunda in Frankfort.

The calls to remove the statue of the Confederate president and Kentucky native come amid national scrutiny of Confederate memorials and symbols, sparked by last week’s shooting death of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charlestown, South Carolina.

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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.