Thursday, March 12, 2009

Davis Statue to Be Restored

Miss. to restore Jeff Davis monument
The Associated Press
March 10, 2009

What began as legislation to place a bronze statue of Jefferson Davis on the grounds of the Mississippi Capitol is now a law to restore another monument dedicated to the president of the Confederacy.

Gov. Haley Barbour signed a bill Monday that directs state officials to restore the Confederate Monument near the Old Capitol museum, several blocks from the current statehouse in downtown Jackson. The legislation takes effect July 1.

The monument features a life-sized statue of Davis, who spent his last years living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The bill began as an effort to authorize the state to accept a different statue of Davis from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group's statue depicts Jefferson holding the hands of two little boys. One was his son, Joe Davis. The other was an African-American boy named Jim Limber, who was adopted by the Davis family.