An Alabama church has removed a pew and plaque that was dedicated to the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. 

Rector Robert C. Wisnewski Jr. of St. John's Episcopal Church revealed in a message on the church's website last week that the pew had been dedicated to Davis almost 100 years ago at a service attended by a pro-lynching segregationist. 

He added that church leaders voted to remove the pew from the sanctuary after learning of its history. 


"Confederate monuments and symbols have increasingly been used by groups that promote white supremacy and are now, to many people of all races, seen to represent insensitivity, hatred, and even evil," Wisnewski wrote.

"The mission of our parish is diametrically opposed to what these symbols have come to mean."

He said that the pew would be placed in the parish archives at St. John's, which is located in Montgomery. Davis lived in Montgomery briefly before Richmond, Va., became the capital of the Confederacy in 1861, according to The Associated Press, which first reported the news. 

"Davis was a political figure, not a church figure, nor even a member of the parish. Acting to remove the pew and plaque is the correction of a political act," Wisnewski said.  

Wisnewski detailed the pew and plaque's history in his message to the church community, noting that the pew was officially dedicated to Davis in 1925. 

The AP notes that the St. John's congregation dates as far back as the 1830s. The current church was built after the Civil War ended.