Jefferson Davis: Diversity Dad.

Jefferson Davis: Diversity Dad

Field review by the editors.

Biloxi, Mississippi

In 2008 the Sons of Confederate Veterans were upset that a statue of President Lincoln and his son, Tad, had been erected at the American Civil War Center in the former Confederate capitol of Richmond, Virginia. The SCV hired sculptor Gary Casteel to make a statue of the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, and his son, Joseph, and -- to one-up old Abe -- a mulatto slave boy named "Jim Limber." The SCV said that their statue should be placed next to Abe and Tad's. The American Civil War Center said no thanks. So in 2009 the statue was moved to a permanent spot on the lawn of Davis's former home in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The statue shows Davis in a protective, fatherly pose, hinting at no favoritism between his biological son and the little slave, who was recused from a beating by Davis's wife and eventually freed by Davis. Critics nevertheless blasted the statue as a mawkish attempt at revisionist history, noting that Jim Limber's time with the Davis family lasted only a few months, and that neither made an effort to revive the relationship after they were separated.

They also pointed out that Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, led a war to, you know, defend racial slavery.

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Jefferson Davis: Diversity Dad

2244 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS
West edge of the city, on the north side of US Hwy 90/Beach Blvd, just east of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The statue is on the front lawn of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home, just inside the white picket fence, and just to the left of the entrance driveway. If you ask the guards politely, they may let you in to snap a couple of photos for free.
Summer daily 8-6; off-season 9-5 (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
Adults $12.50
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