Southaven mayor interested in Jefferson Davis statue

The mayor of Southaven says his city will take the statue of Jefferson Davis if Memphis decides to rid itself of three Confederate parks.

Davis was the first - and last - president of the Confederacy. One three parks in Memphis is named for him. A proposal to change the names of the three parks in downtown Memphis has been sent to the city council. The Sons of Confederate Veterans has vowed to fight the move.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, who said he is a distant relative of the Confederacy's Davis, says the DeSoto County town, just south of Memphis, is putting in a roundabout in front of city hall and could put the statue there.

The mayor said he has talked with local Sons of Confederate Veterans member Gary Roper, a Southaven insurance agent, about the statue's potential relocation. Roper says the statue was erected under the direction of the Varina Howell Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of The Confederacy, now based in Southaven, in 1964.

Roper says he doesn't know now whether it belongs to the city of Memphis or if it belongs to the U-D-C. Roper says another possibility is that the statue of Davis could go to the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library at Davis's home, Beauvoir, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi.