Confederate Memorial Day, Virginia, Ah Stephen State Park discussed on Reveal
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 to buildings there. Remember, it's right on the Gulf of Mexico and FEMA and the national. Park service sent more than seventeen 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 benevolence, slave owners and 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 to confederate sites in 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 AH Stephen state park. Stevens was the vice president of the confederacy mistress. Stevens was real good. His servants a trade in them 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 a confederate Lieutenant they got thirty thousand dollars from the state when it was started a lot of widows were being taken advantage of and throw off and different things to their their idea was say, we're going to be like a militia to protect people. She's talking about the Ku Klux Klan, 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 it each of these cases we hear this warped history of places supported by public money, Brian where else you've seen this happen. 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. I'm entering the confederates 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 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. An 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 cause for which it stands that's Susan Hathaway, the founder of the Virginia flags she's the woman met 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. Too old Virginia. There's. And to scroll then..