Around the nation, Americans are reinterpreting their relationship with the history of the Civil War.
In many cases, this has led to the removal or reimagining of several statues and monuments erected in memorial of key figures from the short-lived rebellion. Often, this has come at the hands of angst-ridden protesters, who’ve toppled statues from coast to coast with aplomb.
In several locales, including Birmingham, Alabama and Frankfort, Kentucky, local officials deemed it prudent to remove these monuments themselves, as a way to reduce the risk of injury should the mobs come a’calling.
It was in the Capitol rotunda in Kentucky that the removal of a statue of Jefferson Davis revealed a wild surprise.
Workers in Kentucky made a surprising discovery while removing a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from the state capitol on Saturday — a bottle of bourbon and an 84-year-old newspaper.
After hoisting the 15-foot marble statue from the pedestal where it stood for decades in Frankfort’s Capitol Rotunda, workers made a shocking find. Hidden in the base was an empty bottle of Glenmore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and newspaper front page dated Oct. 20, 1936 — the same day the figure was erected, the New York Post reports.
Photos of the items were soon circulating on social media.
— Michael Cadigan (@michaelcadigan) June 13, 2020
The statue is set to be relocated to a state-run site dedicated to the history of Jefferson Davis.
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