Today is an Alabama state holiday recognizing the birthday of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis
Brian Lawson
June 02, 2014

State offices and courthouses will be closed today for the Alabama state holiday recognizing the birthday of Jefferson Davis, who served as president of the Confederate States of America.

The state holiday for Davis, born June 3, 1808, in Kentucky is listed in the Alabama Code.

Davis, who had a distinguished military career and served in the U.S. House and Senate and as U.S. Secretary of War before secession, was the confederacy’s only president. He was indicted for treason after the Civil War and imprisoned, but he was released after two years without a trial.

While the Civil War ended in 1865 with the surrender at Appomattox, readers continue to support Davis’ birthday as a state holiday according to an poll taken last year. The poll found 67 percent of respondents think Davis’ birthday should remain a state holiday.  Just over 3,000 people took the survey, though it’s not clear how many are state workers.

Alabama law recognizes Davis’ birthday as a state holiday. Mississippi commemorates his birthday as part of Confederate Memorial Day on Memorial Day.

Alabama has two other state holidays that acknowledge the state’s Confederate history, including Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s birthday, on the third Monday in January and Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April. The third Monday in January is also recognized under Alabama law and nationally recognized as Martin Luther King Day, celebrating the birth of the civil rights leader.

Alabama law also recognizes Mardi Gras as a holiday in Mobile and Baldwin Counties ordering "all state offices shall be closed in those counties on Mardi Gras."

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