Monday, February 11, 2013
2013 Sesquicentennial Event Slated for March 16 at Beauvoir
In just over a month, on Saturday March 16, the SCV's 2013 Sesquicentennial Event will be held at Beauvoir in Biloxi, Mississippi. This event will be the dedication of the building for the new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library. We say "new" as Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, destroyed the first Presidential Library, which was dedicated in 1998. Now, at long last, the new building is complete.
On March 16 there will be a parade, speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new library building beginning at 1 PM. The building, which is unique in of itself, will be open to be toured but the exhibits will not yet be installed. Beauvoir has not yet set the date for when the exhibits will be available.
In addition to the building dedication, Beauvoir, restored to its appearance when Jefferson Davis lived there, is available for tours as are the grounds of Beauvoir, including the recreated rose garden that Varina Davis enjoyed. In addition, on the grounds is a Confederate Cemetery which is the last resting place of many of the Veterans that lived at Beauvoir when it was a veteran's home as well as the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. Visitors may tour the grounds for free but there is an admission fee for a home tour. See beauvoir.org for more information.
Additional information about the 2013 Sesquicentennial event and information for some of the local accommodations can be found at: confederate150.com/2013.htm. Hotels are filling up fast.
Make your plans now to come to Beauvoir on March 16 for the SCV's 2013 Sesquicentennial Event!