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Inauguration of Jefferson Davis -- Dexter Ave., Montgomery AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 32° 22.651 W 086° 18.137
16S E 565632 N 3582495
Quick Description: A 1942 UDC memorial to the inauguration of CSA President Jefferson Davis across the street from a 2015 marker commemorating the MLK-led Voting Rights march of 1965
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 8/26/2017 2:44:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMWF5R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
Views: 2

Long Description:
This marker was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1942 to recall the occasion of the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the Confederate States President, who took the oath of office on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol building just a block away.

This monument stands literally across the street from the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, a historical black church that 100 years later was a center of the US Civil Rights movement, and was also the church where Dr Martin Luther King preached and lived.

Coincidental placement? No.

In 2015, a new memorial was erected across the street to mark the final steps of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights march. The march memorial and the UDC memorial are made of the same marble, and are the same shape.

Coincidental design? No.

The UDC marker reads as follows:

"DEXTER AVENUE
Formerly Market Street

This street was named to honor
Andrew Dexter
one of the founders of Montgomery

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Along this street moved
the inaugural parade
of
Jefferson Davis
when he took the oath of office
as
President of the Confederate
States of America
February 18, 1861

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Dixie
was played as a band arrangement
for the first time on this occasion.

----

Placed by by Sophie Bibb Chapter, U.D.C.
April 26, 1942"
Date Installed or Dedicated: 4/26/1942

Name of Government Entity or Private Organization that built the monument: United Daughters of the Confederacy

Union, Confederate or Other Monument: Confederate

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