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Daughters of Confederacy now in possession of Jefferson Davis chair held for ransom

A slab with a historic marker is all that remains inside the Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma...
A slab with a historic marker is all that remains inside the Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma after thieves apparently took a heavy, ornate stone chair honoring the late Confederate President Jefferson Davis.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Apr. 9, 2021 at 4:05 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Daughters of the Confederacy says the chair that belonged to Jefferson Davis is now in its possession after it was stolen out of a cemetery.

The Daughters of the Confederacy released the following statement:

“The United Daughters of the Confederacy has possession of the chair. It is unharmed. We would like to thank the New Orleans Police Department for their excellent work resolving this manner.”

The chair was taken from Old Live Oak Cemetery located in Alabama.

According to WSFA, the Selma Police Department said the chair was found 300 miles south in a New Orleans tattoo parlor.

Police have arrested two people in connection to receiving stolen property across state lines.

A group called, ‘White Lies Matter’ claimed responsibility for taking the chair, however authorities say they aren’t sure whether this group is even legitimate.

WSFA reports that the group previously said the chair would only be returned to the United Daughters of the Confederacy - which is headquartered in Richmond - if it hung a banner on its building on the anniversary of the Confederacy’s surrender in the Civil War.

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