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Sons Of Confederate Veterans wants to set the record straight

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By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

The last home of Jefferson Davis is being hailed for its significance in teaching the history of the South. The National Sons of Confederate Veterans coupled a celebration of the completion of Beauvoir's presidential library with the commemoration the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 

Re-enactors at Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, taught children about what life was like during the Civil War by showing them many of the artifacts used during that time.

Michael Givens is the Commander-In-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

"It's very important that people recognize the struggles of the Southerners and the Northerners during that war because it was one of the defining moments in American history,"
said Givens.

History buffs headed to Beauvoir to mark the dedication of the new Jefferson Davis Presidential library.

"The public needs to understand that his building represents a lot more than just Jefferson Davis," said Beauvoir Director Bertram Hayes-Davis. "This is a historic educational opportunity for us to share the Southern heritage and all the stories to go along with not only Jefferson Davis but the Southern part of this country."

A museum is planned for the inside the library. Officials with the National Sons of Confederate Veterans said they look forward to exhibits which will preserve the history and heritage they hold dear.
"It's going to be a beacon. A depository of literature about the people, about their struggle," said Givens. "We're just so happy that we're able to dedicate it today. Once this building is complete and the museum is in side and all the literature, the history books, it will be able to help to tell the rest of the story. To set records straight. To let everybody know more about the struggles of our people."

From WLOX.xom


Jefferson Davis Presidential Library

Library

The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library will open in early 2013.  This facility is a state of the art architecturally beautiful building that will feature exhibits and events focused on the life of Jefferson Davis.   The Library reflects both the stature of the Beauvoir house framed with columns similar to the porch.   Contained in the design are the unusual ratios that reflect Davis’ height, six feet, and the number of states, thirteen.   Through the inside of the building are large galleries and clean lines that represent a modern design.

The Beauvoir room is a large multi-use room that can be used for both meetings and events.  It will feature a state of the art audio visual capacity and flexible seating.  This arrangement will allow the Library to accommodate meetings of up to 200 people in a comfortable atmosphere. 

The gift store will offer a larger collection of both books and items that reflect both the Presidential stature and the accomplishments of Jefferson Davis and the property.  Included in this will be gifts that are attached directly to Beauvoir through materials or the craftsman.  The expanded space will also be able to provide a reading area and activity area for children.

Using clear cypress and stainless steel panels the Library halls, provide an open and bright opening to the large galleries.  Two galleries will hold numerous exhibits and offer flexibility for traveling and rotating opportunities as they are developed.

Also included is a Library that will hold the research materials that were secured from the first building.  In addition, there will be artifacts and donations that have been made to the Library after Katrina to include flags, books, papers  and other artifacts.

This building will be a destination for events focused on Jefferson Davis and the many aspects of his life.  They will include trains, the Capital, the Smithsonian, the War Department, the   US Senate, West Point, and the Aztec War of 1847.  It will truly be a world class facility.

 Photo and text from Beauvoir.org

 


Jefferson Davis Final Home

 

Presentation by Commander Mark Morgan at the George E. Dixon Camp 1962, March 2, 2012 Camp Meeting. Mark discusses the final home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis located in Beauvior, Mississippi. He covers the purchasing of the home, it's history, the Davis family, and it's restoration as the result of Hurricane Katrina.

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