Confederate Heritage Fund
P. O. Box 771
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
Lawsuit Against Governor Saves
Confederate Capitol Grounds
MONTGOMERY (CHF) - On January 14, 2002, Roger
Broxton, President of Confederate Heritage Fund filed a
lawsuit in Montgomery Circuit Court against Governor
Don Siegelman (D) and the Alabama Historical
Commission to prevent the destruction of the most
historic piece of real estate of the Confederate States of
America, the Alabama Capitol Grounds.
Three days later, in response to Broxton's lawsuit,
Governor Siegelman ordered the entire Capitol Grounds
renovation project to be halted.
The Alabama State Capitol and Grounds are solely
designated as a National Historic Landmark for being the
Birthplace and First Capitol of the Confederate States of
(The 1861 Inauguration of Confederate States President
Jefferson Davis on the Alabama State Capitol Grounds. This
Photo of Alabama's Capitol Hill with slopes was taken from a
building overlooking Bainbridge Street on February 18, 1861.)
Broxton commented, "Had the financial supporters of
Confederate Heritage Fund not donated the money for
us to file the Capitol Lawsuit, the historic boundary of this
Independence Hall of the Confederate States would
already be moved and its historic slopes would today be
"Once this part of history was rewritten then the rewriting
of history inside the Capitol building would commence."
"Without our lawsuit, which our donors alone financed,
the most historic piece of real estate of the Confederate
States of America would already be desecrated."
It was here at Alabama’s Capitol, that:
Alabama voluntarily withdrew from the voluntary union;
the Southern States called a Constitutional Convention
and wrote and adopted the Constitution, which formed
the Confederate States of America;
Jefferson Davis was elected President;
and the House, Senate and First Capitol of the
Confederate States were established.
Today, the Alabama State Capitol and Grounds are
designated as a National Historic Landmark, solely for
being the Birthplace and First Capitol of the Confederate
States of America.
Furthermore, it was here on these same historic slopes,
also known as Capitol Hill and Goat Hill, where:
in 1861, Jefferson Davis walked up these slopes to be
inaugurated President, after a huge inaugural parade
down Dexter Avenue and across Bainbridge Street,
while “Dixie“ was played as a band arrangement for the
in 1886, Jefferson Davis again walked down Dexter
Avenue across Bainbridge Street and up these historic
slopes along with a throng of Confederate Veterans, this
time to lay the cornerstone to the Confederate Monument
on the Capitol Grounds, memorializing the 122,000
Alabama boys who fought and the 30,000 who died for
the right to govern themselves;
in 1889, the body of Jefferson Davis was carried up
these historic slopes and lay in State in Alabama’s
and for many years thousands of Confederate Veterans
met, fellowshipped and held reunions on these same
slopes, as well as, in the Capitol.
Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D)
halts bulldozing of Capitol Grounds in
response to lawsuit.
Jefferson Davis, President of the
Confederate States of America
(To help show some of the history that
the Capitol Lawsuit saved from
destruction, enclosed are: a photo at
right of President Davis’ Inauguration
and the Historical Commissions’ official
plans below to bulldoze flat these same
historic slopes of Alabama's Capitol Hill
and bury Bainbridge Street.)
Current Alabama Capitol Hill with her
historic slopes and Bainbridge Street.
Official plans by Governor and Historical
Commission to flatten historic slopes
and bury Bainbridge Street.
Click below for reports about some
of our past efforts on the front lines
and other articles of interest:
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