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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: April 1-30th 2009 is Confederate History Month in the South!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

April 1-30th 2009 is Confederate History Month in the South!!

The Confederate History Month Committee of the National and Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans proudly recognizes the signing of many proclamations by Southern governors, mayors and county commissioners since 1995 designating the month of April as “Confederate History and Heritage Month.”

Georgia’s Governor Sonny Perdue and Mississippi’s Governor Haley Barbour have both signed a proclamation designating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month for 2009 and city mayors and county commissioners will follow and;

The Georgia Senate also recently passed SB Bill 27 officially proclaiming April as Confederate History Month and the Georgia House rules committee voted 5-0 sending it out of committee for a full house vote. Supporters of the bill say, “The measure would be a boom to the state’s tourism industry, encouraging visitors to come to Georgia ’s Civil War Battlefield sites.”

America will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States from 2011 through 2015 and the Confederate History Month Committee encourages all Americans to make it a family affair to learn more about this time of our nation’s past.

Confederate History Month commemorates the men and women of the Confederate States of America who came from all races and religions that include: Irish-born General Patrick R. Cleburne, Black Georgia Confederate drummer Bill Yopp, Mexican born Colonel Santos Benavides, Cherokee Born General Stand Watie and Jewish born Confederate Nurse Phoebe Pember who was the first female administrator of Chimboraza Hospital in Richmond, Georgia where she served until the end of War Between the States.

Confederate Memorial Day became a legal holiday in Georgia by act of the Georgia legislature in 1874. For over 100 year’s members of the Ladies Memorial Association, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans have held annual Confederate Memorial days on or near April 26th. Other states celebrate Southern Memorial Day on May 10th and June 3rd--the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis whose 200th birthday was celebrated last year at Davis ’ last home Beauvoir and other places throughout the nation.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans encourage all Americans and people throughout the world to learn more about the roll the men and women of the Confederacy played in the history of the USA and to take part in Southern Memorial Day and April’s month of events. A historical information brochure and “I Support Confederate History Month” stickers will be made available to SCV members and the public.

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