A statue of Jefferson Davis that seemed as orphaned as one of the little boys whose hand he holds in the bronze sculpture has found a permanent home at Beauvoir, the estate where Davis retired.
The life-sized casting of Davis, his 5-year-old son Joe Davis and the other boy of the same age, Jim Limber, will be dedicated Saturday morning during Beauvoir’s Confederate Memorial Day observance. An old-fashion picnic will be followed by a service at the Tomb of the Unknown Confederate.
What sets apart this year’s annual observance — Confederate Memorial Day is a state holiday — is the unveiling of the statue that couldn’t find a home. Published reasons often skirted the issue of acknowledging the Confederacy and the fact that the orphaned Limber was born a slave.