Abraham Lincoln

Removal of Jefferson Davis plaque in Kentucky delayed

A plaque in the Kentucky Capitol declaring the only president of the Confederacy to be a hero and a patriot will stay until a lawyer with Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration can determine if the decision to remove it was legal.

The plaque is attached to a 15-foot (4.5 meters) marble statue of Jefferson Davis, who was born in Kentucky and was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Efforts to remove the statue have been ongoing for years, but they gained momentum following the 2015 racially motivated killings of nine people at an African-American church in South Carolina.

The state commission that governs the statue voted to keep it in 2015. But...