CHURCH REMOVES PEW HONORING REBEL LEADER
Birmingham, Ala. — An Alabama church has removed a pew honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, saying the memorial had no place at a time when rebel symbols have been adopted by white supremacists. The pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Robert C. Wisnewski Jr., posted a message on the church website last week saying the wooden pew was dedicated more than 90 years ago at a service featuring a pro-lynching segregationist. After learning of the pew’s history at a recent planning retreat, church leaders discussed it and then voted to remove the pew from the sanctuary and place it in the church archive, he wrote. The mostly white church is in Montgomery, where Davis lived briefly before the Confederacy moved its national capital to Richmond, Va., in 1861.