Petition: Replace Jefferson Davis statue in Capitol with tribute to Muhammad Ali

June 8, 2016 By Jack Brammer
Lexington Herald Leader

Lexington attorney Jonathan Miller is pushing an online petition to replace the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the Capitol Rotunda with a tribute to Muhammad Ali, the Louisville native and boxing legend who died late last week.

Miller, a former state treasurer, has an online petition at his site, The Recovering Politician, addressed to Gov. Matt Bevin and the top two state legislative leaders — Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo — to make the change.

Muhammad Ali struck a classic pose as he mugged for cameras at the Muhammad Ali Center in 2005 in Louisville. Mark Cornelison Lexington Herald-Leader

The petition says: “We applaud your support for the removal of the statue of Jefferson Davis currently in Kentucky’s Capitol Rotunda, and we urge you to replace it with a two-dimensional representation (portrait, photo, mural, etc.) of Muhammad Ali, ‘the Louisville Lip’ and ‘the Greatest of All Time.’”

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