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Bring all of those Confederate statues to Biloxi, Beauvoir says

Beauvoir is asking for the nation’s unwanted Confederate statues and monuments.
Beauvoir is asking for the nation’s unwanted Confederate statues and monuments. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

Beauvoir has a suggestion for all those unwanted Confederate statues scattered across the nation: Bring them to Biloxi.

The historic waterfront home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis issued a statement Thursday saying it welcomes any statues to become a part of its “historical narrative.”

“By expressing our desire for these monuments, we are in no way defending or condoning slavery, which was and is an evil institution that has no color or creed and has existed since the dawn of time,” the statement said. “Our core mission is to educate and commemorate the ideals of our rich heritage as Americans and particularly as Southern Americans. We have a rich history which encompasses much more than the events of the Civil War, but the War accentuated the character and integrity of the South.”

Calls for Confederate statues and monuments to come down have increased after last weekend’s deadly demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It’s not the first time Beauvoir has asked for statues.

Last year Beauvoir Executive Director Greg Stewart approached Gulfport City Councilman Ricky Dombrowski about asking New Orleans to donate the four monuments taken down by the city. Dombrowski planned to ask the council to support bringing the monuments to Biloxi, but New Orleans told the Sun Herald in February the monuments would be “stored in a city-owned warehouse until further plans can be developed for a private park or museum site in New Orleans.”