Jefferson Davis home rebuild draws criticism
The former home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, should be rebuilt as quickly as possible, say many Civil War buffs as well as officials at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
But civil rights groups and at least one congressional budget hawk decry congressional plans to provide money for rebuilding Beauvoir, the majestic house in Biloxi built in the 1850s that served as Davis' retirement home after the Civil War. Damage to the home amounts to at least an estimated $25 million.
"We adamantly oppose the restoration of Beauvoir," said Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson. "It is one of the most divisive symbols in this state and in this state's history."
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Vernon Clayson - 4/26/2006
Jefferson Davis is part of American history and the home is no more divisive than the MLK museum to reasonable persos. 25 million dollars does seem a stretch but if the government balks because of political correctness, chances are it could be rebuilt for less and chances are good that there are enough would be donors to pay for it.
Maia Cowan - 4/26/2006
$25 million to restore one house? How many homes of living people would that rebuild? Let's get our priorities straight: people who are living in trailers or tents, or who are "exiled" in other cities because there New Orleans homes are unlivable, need help rebuilding more than Jefferson Davis does.
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