JACKSON, Miss — A statue of white supremacist former Mississippi Gov. Theodore Bilbo has quietly been moved out of sight in the state Capitol.
It's a move praised by Black lawmakers who say he never deserved a place of prominence.
Bilbo was a Democrat who blasted racist rhetoric. He was elected Governor in 1916-1920 and 1928-1932. He was in the U.S. Senate from 1935 until he died in 1947.
The statue has been in the state Capitol for decades.
A Legislative Black Caucus member, Democratic Rep. Kabir Karriem, said it was "very offensive."
In 2020, Mississippi shed another symbol of the past, retiring a Confederate-themed state flag.