List of memorials to Jefferson Davis

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The following is a list of the memorials to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America.

Statue of Jefferson Davis, given to the National Statuary Hall, Mississippi, in 1931
Jefferson Davis grave at the Hollywood Cemetery
  • Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution barred from office anyone who had violated their oath to protect the Constitution by serving in the Confederacy. That prohibition included Davis. In 1978, pursuant to authority granted to Congress under the same section of the Amendment, Congress posthumously removed the ban on Davis with a two-thirds vote of each house and President Jimmy Carter signed it. These actions were spearheaded by Congressman Trent Lott of Mississippi. Congress had previously taken similar action on behalf of Robert E. Lee.[4]
  • The desk of Jefferson Davis on the floor of the U.S. Senate, repaired after Union soldiers damaged it during the Civil War, is reserved by Senate Rules to the senior Senator from Mississippi (currently Senator Thad Cochran).[5]
  • The former transnational Jefferson Davis Highway was named in his honor.
  • A park alongside Interstate-5 between Vancouver and Ridgefield, Washington, that contains the two granite markers that used to reside at each end of the Jefferson Davis Highway in Washington state is named in honor of Jefferson Davis.[6]
  • A statue of Jefferson Davis is depicted in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building, for the state of Mississippi.[7]
  • There is a carved stone memorial to Jefferson Davis at First and Camp Streets, next to the home where he died, in New Orleans, La, as well as a life-sized statue at the corner of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street.
  • A statue commemorating the bicentennial of Davis's birth was recently completed by noted Civil War artist Gary Casteel, on behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It arrived at Beauvoir on October 14, 2009.[1]
  • There are statues of Davis in the Alabama, Virginia and Kentucky State Capitols—in Montgomery, on the grounds in front of the main entrance where he was sworn in as President of the Confederacy; in Richmond, in the old house of delegates chamber; and inside the rotunda at Frankfort.
  • Vicksburg National Military Park located in Warren County, Mississippi (where the Davis family plantations, Brierfield and Hurricane, were located) contains two statues of Davis, the first a stand-alone, larger-than-life figure known simply as the Davis Monument and the second, a life-sized figure, which appears beside a statue of Lincoln as part of the Kentucky monument. A bust of Davis and his second wife, Varina, is located in the rose garden outside the Old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg.
  • His former burial location in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans is marked with a signature of him and the dates of birth and death.
  • The 1891 Mississippi Monument to the Confederate Dead in Jackson, contains a life-sized, white marble statue of Jefferson Davis which was carved in Italy. At the time of its dedication, the monument's location was on the original State Capitol grounds in Jackson; it is currently in front of the Charlotte Capers Building on State Street, used by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In 1922, the statue was removed from the monument and placed in the rotunda of the Old Capitol, which was then used as legislators' offices (later becoming the Old Capitol Museum). In conjunction with the restoration of the Old Capitol and in anticipation of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the statue was returned to its original location in the monument in 2009.
    Memorial of Jefferson Davis's final speech.
  • In 2009, a bronze plaque was dedicated at the site of the old courthouse in Mississippi City, Mississippi to memorialize the final speech delivered by Jefferson Davis, where he pleaded for unity of all U.S. citizens after the American Civil War.
  • Jeff Davis Peak, the second highest summit in the Snake Range in Nevada, was named in honor of Jefferson Davis in 1855. Davis was then serving as Secretary of War in the United States government.[8]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beauvoir – The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library". Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The 2010 Florida Statutes (including Special Session A)". The Florida Legislature. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Confederate Memorial". City of Pensacola. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Jimmy Carter: Restoration of Citizenship Rights to Jefferson F. Davis Statement on Signing S. J. Res. 16 into Law". American Presidency Project. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jefferson Davis Desk". United States Senate. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  6. ^ "History of the Jefferson Davis Park". Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Jefferson Davis". Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved 2013-06-25. 
  8. ^ "Why Wheeler Peak?". National Park Service. Retrieved 2013-06-25.