Letters From Fort Monroe Arch Removed

Had Honored Jefferson Davis

August 02, 2019 - 2:58 pm
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FORT MONROE, Va. (AP) — Crews have begun to remove lettering that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis at Virginia's Fort Monroe National Monument.    The letters were being taken down on Friday from their place on arch at the former military base, which is in Hampton and overlooks the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The letters spelled "Jefferson Davis Memorial Park."

The United Daughters of the Confederacy paid the U.S. Army to build the arch in 1956. Gov. Ralph Northam originally called for taking down the entire archway before agreeing to remove only the letters.

They will be placed in in a museum at the fort and become part of the interpretation of the Jefferson Davis story. Davis had been imprisoned for treason at the fort following the Civil War.

    

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