I read an article last week quoting Richmond resident Leighton Powell, executive director of a magazine called Scenic Virginia. Here is what he says about Richmond, and I think this is applicable to Montgomery and other southern cities as well.
“The whole race issue has held us back for so long because nobody wanted to talk about it.” Then he added: “Now everybody’s getting on board, realizing you can’t hide history, you can’t pretend it didn’t happen. But if you do it the right way, it can become a teaching tool, and if you do tourism right, it can pay for everything you need in this city.”
At the First White House we strive to attract more and more visitors to the River Region and to encourage them to include our attraction on their itineraries. This helps all venues in the immediate area because if tourists come to downtown Montgomery they are going to visit various museums. We must never forget that Montgomery is home to both the Civil Rights movement and the Civil War movement.
Our city is unique and has much history to share with people. We have the best of the old and the best of the new in Montgomery and we at the First White House of the Confederacy are eager to share the story of Jefferson Daivs, a renowned American patriot, and his family, as well as the story of the preservation of the House.