Mississippi statues at US Capitol up for discussion

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Posted: Mar 06, 2017 11:06 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he'd be willing to talk about possibly replacing the statues that represent the state in the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Currently, Mississippi is represented by statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate politician J.Z. George.

Many would like to see other famous natives such as Elvis Presley, blues musician B.B. King or author William Faulkner representing the state at the Capitol.

Gov. Bryant told Jackson newspaper The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/2msYo4K ) he'd be willing to have "a general discussion about the Mississippi statues, particularly J.Z. George." He added that "B.B. King and Elvis would both be good possibilities for a replacement."

On Wednesday, a panel at the University of Mississippi plans to debate whether one or both statues should be replaced.