Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of the president of the Confederacy, said there was a disagreement on the direction of the property between his team and the Beauvoir board. Hayes-Davis resigned effective March 3.
He oversaw the opening of the library and the completion of Varina’s Garden, which recreates the garden of Davis‘ wife.
Beauvoir was nearly swept away by Katrina in 2005. Millions have been spent on its restoration.
Hayes-Davis told WLOX-TV in Biloxi (http://bit.ly/1g2AKDk) he wanted Beauvoir to, “be the one place you come in the country to learn about Jefferson Davis.” He now believes the board had a different vision.
“It didn’t seem to be something that they aspire to embrace,” said Davis.
Board members Ed Funchess and Don Barrett resigned during a meeting in February.
“It’s a philosophical issue and it’s a serious one,” said Funchess, the board’s former vice chairman and treasurer.
Funchess told The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1mcK22j ) that his difference is with the chairman of the board, Richard Forte, and the conflict is primarily over the financial future of Beauvoir.
Forte could not be reached for comment.
Beauvoir is owned by Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Allen Terrell, the commander of the Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, says in a statement to the Sun Herald that the organization is “greatly concerned over the events occurring at Beauvoir and are monitoring the situation.”
Varina Davis put in her will that if the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans can’t maintain Beauvoir, it will be transferred to the state to operate.