[T]he "presidential library" of Jefferson Davis, the one and only chief executive of the Confederate States of America.. will be dedicated Monday in Biloxi, Miss.
The Davis library, of course, is not one of the 13 official libraries overseen by the National Archives and Records Administration. After all, Jefferson Davis was not exactly an American president. But that hasn't stopped the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an influential Southern heritage group, from co-opting the idea of a presidential library.
For the Sons, the library is a chance to defend a man who's been mocked since the end of the Civil War, when Northerners delighted in rumors that Davis was captured wearing women's clothing. For the rest of us, it's a reminder that history, and especially the sort of public history you'll encounter this summer on vacation, is shaped and supported by powerful interests. Best to apply some skepticism with your sunscreen.
The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library
Official Dedication Celebration
Saturday, June 1st - 7:00pm
Invitation Only Black Tie Gala
Sunday, June 2nd - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Presidential Lecture Series
Lynda Crist, Editor of the Papers of Jefferson Davis
Percival Beacroft, Producer of the film, Jefferson Davis, an American President
Ken P'Poole, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, ,Mississippi Archives and History
OT Crowther , Vice President , The White House of the Confederacy in Richmond
Heath Lee: Biographer of Varina "Winnie" Davis
Entertainment and Barbecue
Monday, June 3rd
Dedication the the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library