Today is the 204th commemoration of Jefferson Davis’ birth. He was born June 3, 1808 in Fairview, Ky, and moved at an early age to Mississippi with his family. He died in New Orleans on December 6, 1889 at the age of 81.
He was temporarily buried in Metarie cemetery, but 18 months later his body was moved to Richmond where he was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, considered to be the “National Cemetery of the Confederacy”.
We will celebrate his birthday tomorrow at the First White House of the Confederacy, as we do every year, with a speech by Murfee Gewin, and birthday cake, at 11:00. If you are anywhere nearby and can attend, we will be honored to have you.
This event is one of the two things we do every year. The other is to celebrate the birthday of Robert E. Lee on January 19th.