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Jeff Davis' park meeting set for tonight

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IRWINVILLE, GA (WALB) -

South Georgians who want to see Jeff Davis State Park remain open are gathering tonight at 6:00 at the park to organize a way to keep it open.

Jefferson Davis, the only Confederate president, was captured there by the 4th Michigan Cavalry as he made his way South from Richmond after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, in 1865. 

The State of Georgia operated the park for years, but funding cuts led the state to return the facility to Irwin County, and the county is strapped for money too.

Priceless pieces of history are housed in the museum at Jeff Davis Park. Those in charge of managing it say they've received tons of support, and it's not just adults that are fighting to keep the doors open.

The park has overcome many obstacles in the past, and local supporters are hopeful that this historic spot will receive the funding it needs to continue enriching generations to come.    

It would cost about $50,000 a year to keep the park open, but the park is only bringing in a $10,000 annually through ticket and souvenir sales.

 

 

 

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