Jefferson Davis Monument (Richmond)

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MONUMENT PROFILE
  • Battlefield: City of Richmond, Virginia
  • Location: Intersection of Monument Avenue and Cedar Avenue (later renamed Davis Avenue)
    • At the site of the Civil War Star Fort
  • Map Coordinates: 37.558407, -77.467690
  • Part of: Confederate States of America
  • National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 90002098
MONUMENT DETAILS
  • Artist: Edward Valentine, sculptor
  • Architect: William C. Noland
  • Conceived: December 21, 1889
  • Planning & Fundraising: Jefferson Davis Monument Association, United Confederate Veterans, the Chamber of Commerce, Varina Davis, United Daughters of the Confederacy (1902),
  • Site Selected / Construction Began: 1904
  • Dedicated: June 3, 1907
  • Dimensions: Semi-circular, about 50 feel across, a depth of about 80 feet, and 67 feet tall
  • Description: The east-facing monument sported a 65 foot tall Doric column topped by a bronze figure, a statue representing "the Vindicatrix ... the emblem of Southern womanhood ... the immortal spirit of her land shining unquenched within her eyes, and her hand uplifted in an eternal appeal to the God of justice and truth". There are thirteen columns, eleven bronze seals representing the seceding states and three representing states that sent troops for the Confederacy. An eight-foot tall bronze statue of Jefferson Davis with his right arm outstretched and his left hand resting on an open book is located in the center of this monument.
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  • Sculpture of Davis Toppled by Protestors: June 10, 2020 at 10:30pm, part of the Black Lives Matter movement, the whereabouts of the statue are unknown at this time. The remainder of the monument remains standing today.
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MONUMENT DEDICATION

San Francisco Call, Volume 102, Number 4, 4 June 1907

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