Did you know that on the front lawn of the Alabama State Capitol is a very fine bronze statue of Jefferson Davis? It was presented to the State of Alabama by the United Daughters of the Confederacy on November 19, 1940.We sell a replica of the statue at the First White House Gift shop for $ 25.00. It is very handsome, made by the Department of Tourism and Travel for us and the Governor’s Mansion gift shop to sell as well.
On the front portico is a brass star marking the spot where Jefferson Davis took his oath of office to become Provisional President of the Confederate States of America on February 18, 1861.
On April 26, 2004 there was a celebration of the restoration of the Confederate Monument, a magnificent edifice which has stood on the north lawn of the Capitol since its unveiling in 1898. Jefferson Davis came to Montgomery to lay the monument’s cornerstone and stimulate contributions for it on April 29, 1886, a quarter of a century after his provisional inauguration there.
It stands as a tribute to the 122,000 men from Alabama who served the south, out of a population of 500,000 and of whom about 33,000 or 27% died in the war. Next time I will talk about the unveiling.