Civil War Center Considers Donated Davis

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A Civil War center that examines all sides of that historic conflict is considering whether to add a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis to its Richmond collection.

The Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has offered the $100,000 art work to the American Civil War Center. The center's board is expected to act Wednesday on the gift.

The heritage group said the offer of the life-sized bronze casting is intended to mark the bicentennial of Davis' birth in Kentucky.

The group's spokesman, Brag Bowling, has said the Davis statue is not payback for a statue of Abraham Lincoln that was dedicated at the site of the Civil War center in 2003 amid protests from staunch defenders of the South's role in the war.

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