Jefferson Davis home offers to house Confederate monuments
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THE RANKIN COUNTY CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN DOWNTOWN BRANDON, MISS.
Mark Rigsby

As the heated debate surrounding Confederate monuments continues around the country, one Mississippi museum is offering its solution. MPB's Alexis Ware reports.  


The final home for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, is offering to house any confederate monuments that are being removed from public spaces across the country. 

Tom Payne is the Executive Director of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library in Biloxi. He says the museum will be able to provide educational and historical insight about the monuments.

"We want to ameliorate that heat and spread the light as to what actually happened, and that's why we think it's most appropriate for it to be at Beauvoir in a location where people can come in and learn." 

There are more than 40 confederate monuments in Mississippi, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Including statues, buildings, roads, and the official state flag, there are more than 130 public recognitions of the Confederacy in Mississippi.

James Crowell is the president of the Biloxi NAACP. He says confederate memorabilia belongs in museums and out of public areas. 

"That would be to me an ideal place to move them to since that's a part of history and of course history needs to be documented and also to be seen and the Beauvoir has a museum where not only these monuments can be placed but the state flag of Mississippi ought to be placed." 

The Beauvoir has not acquired any additional confederate monuments since announcing interest last week in collecting removed statues.