Confederate Memorial Day, Brian Palmer, Stephen D Lee Confederate discussed on Reveal
The history of slavery in the civil war type investigations reporters Seth feed Wessler. And Brian Palmer also told us that has received twenty one million dollars in taxpayer money money, that's helping tell these historic lies to the public including school children. So Brian can you explain what that money came from Beauvois gets one hundred thousand dollars every year from the Mississippi State legislature? The state says the money should be spent only on the building which is a national historic landmark. But after Hurricane Katrina Beauvois got a huge infusion of public money. The storm damage the buildings there. Remember, it's right on the Gulf of Mexico and FEMA and the National Park Service sent more than seventeen. Eighteen million dollars to help out. But that money didn't just go to restoring historic buildings. Almost half went to creating a new museum and library from scratch. And that's where you hear this lost cause version of history of benevolent slave owners roic confederates, so millions of public dollars are supporting this lost cause mythology as told that before, but you guys also found that a lot of tax payer money is going to other places around the south both private and public. Seth how much money are we talking about how we found that over the last decade at least forty million dollars have flowed confederate sites. Organizations we visited dozens of these places, and we would often hear some version of this myth that slavery wasn't so bad in Georgia. For example. I heard this on the tour of eight Stephen state park. Stevens was the vice president of the confederacy Mr Stevens was real good his serve. He treated him like family, Georgia has spent over a million dollars on this park in the last decade. And then there's this in Mississippi recorded on a tour of historic site, dedicated to Stephen d Lee confederate Lieutenant they got thirty thousand dollars from the state when it was started a lot of widows were being taken advantage of and throwing off and different things to their their idea was going to be like a malicious to protect people. She's talking about the Ku Klux Klan, and she told me that the KKK had been misunderstood that the group was formed to protect widows after the war. She left out that nineteen people were lynched in the very same county where we were standing. Okay. So h of these cases, we hear this warped history of places supported by public money, Brian where else you've seen this happened. We found that a big chunk of public money goes directly to confederate heritage organizations. The United daughters of the confederacy and sons of confederate veterans some of that money goes to maintain specific sites like a confederate cemetery visited here in Virginia. Entering the confederate section of oakwood cemetery here in Richmond Virginia, and there's a gentleman who is looks to be directing traffic. Can you tell me what you're doing here today? And why we're here today today is is confederate Memorial Day. Not to be confused with actual Memorial Day confederate Memorial Day is celebrated in late April. It's an official holiday in three states and unofficial holiday and other southern states, including Jinya and seventeen thousand confederate soldiers buried here. And we want on on our ancestors, I salute the confederate flag what the faction reverence and undying devotion to the calls for which stands that's Susan Hathaway, the founder of the Virginia flags she's the woman earlier who called Bove wa a holy place. She stands in front of a small crowd on a patch of the well tended lawn. Her back to a memorial obelisk erected in eighteen seventy one. And if you would all join me in singing our state song because it is still our state song carry me back to old Virginia. To virgin. There's. To grow. Swede in the spring. This..