Jeff Davis concert, banquet Saturday|[05/23/08]

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 23, 2008

Events planned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jefferson Davis’ birth kick into high gear Saturday.

A free performance by The 8th Georgia Regiment Band of Rome, Ga., at the Old Court House Museum will begin at 5 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. A banquet at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m. will feature speaker Dr. Lynda Lasswell Crist and musical guests Lester Senter Wilson and Billy Ray Reynolds. The cost is $25, and registration is required by 5 p.m. today. Register by calling 601-636-0741.

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On Sunday, a 10 a.m. worship service at Christ Episcopal Church on Main Street will feature music by The 8th George Regiment Band.

Davis was born in rural Kentucky on June 3, 1808. His family moved to Woodville, Miss., when Davis was a small child, and he later made his home in Warren County in 1836. He learned of being elected president of the Confederacy in Warren County on Feb. 9, 1861, and made his first speech as president in Vicksburg, en route to Birmingham, Ala., to be officially sworn in.