Thursday, June 24, 2004

Jeff Davis' will heading to Jackson

The last will of Jefferson Davis has found a resting place after years of questions about the appropriate place for it. The state Department of Archives and History in Jackson will be the home of the three-page handwritten will that has been in the possession of the Harrison County Chancery Court for more than 100 years.

Beauvoir, the Biloxi beachfront home and library of the only president of the Confederacy, has wanted the document for a display for several years. Beauvoir may still get the chance to display the will temporarily. The department's recommendation is to loan the document to Beauvoir for a short period of time in the summer or fall.

A legal provision allows the state to loan documents to Beauvoir. But the board of trustees for the department has ultimate say on whether the will can be loaned.

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