Alabama church removes pew honoring Confederate president

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Shown are curved pews at Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. The church marks its 200th anniversary in the city where it was founded by a former slave. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama church has removed a pew honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
    
The pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Robert C. Wisnewski Jr., posted a message on the church website recently saying the pew was dedicated at a service featuring a pro-lynching segregationist and had no place in the church today.
    
The mostly white church is in Montgomery, where Davis lived briefly before the Confederacy moved its national capital to Richmond, Virginia, in 1861.
    
The pastor’s message says church lore maintained that a pew marked with a bronze plaque honoring Davis dated to the start of the Civil War.
    
The message says the pew actually wasn’t installed until decades after the war, at a time whites were trying to maintain control in the South.

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