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In Memorial: Monuments Dedicated to Confederate President Jefferson Davis

By    |   Friday, 31 Jul 2015 10:05 PM

Statues and monuments honoring Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, can be found across the American South.

Because of recent backlash after the shooting of nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, some of these monuments have been vandalized.

Here are five monuments that commemorate Jefferson Davis.

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1. Richmond, Virginia
Monument Avenue in Richmond holds a memorial statue for Jefferson Davis. Along the strip Monument Avenue also has statues for Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and various other Confederate leaders from the Civil War. Recently the Jefferson Davis statue was vandalized with the spray-painted slogan “Black Lives Matter” written on the monument’s base, according to Fox News.

2. Memphis, Tennessee
Confederate Park in Memphis is home to many Civil War memorabilia. Thanks to funding by a group, a statue of Davis was erected in 1964. Davis lived in Memphis from 1875 till 1878.The city was also the site of various Civil War battles, according to Historic-Memphis.

3. Austin, Texas
A statue of Jefferson Davis stands on the South Mall at University of Texas in Austin. The statue was also vandalized with the spray-painted slogan “Black Lives Matter,” USA Today reported.

4. Fairview, Kentucky
An obelisk to Jefferson Davis’s birthplace at Fairview stands 351 feet high, according to Roadside America.com. The statue is the second largest obelisk in the world and until 1970 was the tallest structure in Kentucky. The monument was built to resemble the Washington Monument.

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5. Fitzgerald, Georgia
In Fitzgerald, a monument commemorates the capture of Jefferson Davis near the end of the Civil War. Davis along with a few rebel constituents were surrounded by two separate Union cavalry’s in May, 1865, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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