Sons of Confederate Veterans
September 14, 2011
LIFE SIZED BRONZE CONFEDERATE SOLDIER DEDICATED
(Atlanta – September 14, 2011) Exactly 100 years after the dedication of the original statue of a Confederate soldier in 1911, the city of Jefferson, Georgia will once again enjoy the presence of a Souther soldier standing vigilant on the town square. A magnificent bronze sculpture will replace the original life sized marble statue which tragically crashed to the ground in 1940.
The Jackson County Volunteers, local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, began work in 2006 to acquire the necessary permissions and commission the design of a replacement sculpture, this time of bronze. Then, after a presentation by the Volunteers, the Georgia Division of the SCV voted to fund the bronze sculpture and a new ten foot tall granite base for the monument which would come from Georgia’s nearby granite capital of Elberton.
The new Confederate statue and monument will be unveiled and dedicated on the Jefferson town square on Saturday, October 1 at 1:30 in the afternoon. The public is invited to attend this historic event.
The funds for the new monument came from the Georgia SCV Tag Fund which derives its income from all auto tags sold in Georgia with the SCV logo. The tags, available from the tag office in every county in Georgia, are official state license plates; and their number has been increasing since their debut several years ago. Projects such as monument creation and restoration, as well as other educational efforts, are funded with the revenue from this tag fund which is administered by the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
All Georgians are encouraged to request the specialty SCV license plates when they renew their auto tags every year. A portion of the small fee for the specialty plate goes to the SCV for similar projects across the state.
Information or interviews about the unveiling ceremony of the Jefferson monument, or the ongoing monument restoration effort of the SCV in Georgia, may be arranged by contacting the Georgia Division at 1-866-SCV-in-GA or online at www.GeorgiaSCV.org.