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Governor Beshear: It's 'time to reconsider' statues in Capitol Rotunda

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Amid controversy regarding Confederate flags and monuments on display at South Carolina's state house, a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis has drawn criticism as well. 

Governor Steve Beshear now says it is time to 'reconsider' the statues on display at the Capitol Rotunda. 

Just a day after U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell called said the time for the South Carolina state house to fly the Confederate flag has "long since passed," the Senator and other state politicians have weighed in regarding Kentucky's Confederate representation in the capitol. 

“It's time to reconsider the statues which represent Kentucky in our state capitol, as each statue has been in place for more than a half century," Beshear said in a statement. 

He went on to note that state law places the decision for Rotunda displays in the hands of the Historic Properties Advisory Commission, but he is requesting "they review these monuments in context of Kentucky's history."

Leaders in states across the country have taken steps to remove Confederate symbols following the shooting deaths of nine black people in a South Carolina church last week.

"I urge the Historic Properties Advisory Commission to seek public input as well as the advice of the state's historians on all the art in the Capitol Rotunda in order to consider the necessary historic, social and educational context of these monuments,” Beshear said.

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