Alabama marks statewide vacation for President of Confederation on Monday, should this continue?
MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – State employees will have a day off tomorrow. Alabama is the last state in the country to hold an official party in honor of the birthday of President of the Confederation Jefferson Davis.
For some in Alabama, Jefferson Davis is a point of pride, he was sworn in as President of Confederation in the first Confederate capital Montgomery. Camp Memorials President Raphael Semmes 11 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, AJ DuPree, said that Davis, in helping to found the Confederate States of America, represents the state motto of “We dare to defend our rights ”.
“There are English people who would say that the states that formed the first confederation shouldn’t have been able to form it and their own country and they would both be wrong,” said DuPree. DuPree argues that Davis is an honorable historical figure who deserves to be emulated.
“There is no reason to degenerate or dishonor those who demonstrate such worth as a military veteran, as a politician and as the president of the Confederate States,” said DuPree. Feelings about marking Jefferson Davis’ birthday with a statewide vacation boil down to a debate over what is honorable.
“Commemorating a holiday has to do with honor and there is no honor in being a seditionist,” said the president of All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile, Reverend Jim Flowers. Flowers has supported progressive causes like Black Lives Matter and says Davis’ vacation is embarrassing.
“To honor the dignity of every human being and to honor a member of the Confederate leadership is to honor something that is dishonorable,” said Flowers. Over the past year or so, we’ve seen major Alabama cities like Mobile and Birmingham remove Confederate statues from public spaces, but there don’t appear to be any plans to change this holiday.