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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.

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