Groundbreaking for $10M Jefferson Davis library (Miss.)





Bertram Hayes-Davis says the $10.5 million project to rebuild the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and Museum is another opportunity to show his great, great grandfather's legacy shouldn't be limited to a fight to preserve slavery.

``In the American people's minds, that specific association is the only factor they know about Jefferson Davis. I'm working to educate the American public on all of the great accomplishments of this American patriot,'' Hayes-Davis said in an interview.

The 61-year-old president of the Davis Family Association was the keynote speaker at a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday in Biloxi at Beauvoir, the Mississippi Gulf Coast home where the Confederate president spent the remaining years of his life.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 damaged Beauvoir, and destroyed the library and museum also located the beachfront Biloxi property.

The ceremony took place on the 120th anniversary of Davis' death of pneumonia while he was on a riverboat in New Orleans.

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