BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Beauvoir has named Bertram Hayes-Davis the new executive director.
Hayes-Davis has been on the board of directors for years now, but he has an even more personal connection to this historic place. That's because he is the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis.
"We are very in touch with Beauvoir," Davis said.
"To have the opportunity for me to be here, it means that the Davis family is still engaged, we want to make Beauvoir as exceptional as it has ever been," Davis said.
Hayes-Davis added that his, so called, "to do list" is about a mile long.
Standing in front of the home on a warm South Mississippi afternoon, he said he is both anxious and excited about Beauvoir.
He understands what the historic property is all about, but also knows it can be so much more.
Plans call for the new library to be finished in August and open before the end of the year. Hayes-Davis said it is a spectacular design that will likely win architectural awards.
Davis lived in Texas for years and was a successful businessman.
Now, he and his wife, who plans to be actively involved volunteering at Beauvoir, will call the coast home.
He emphasized that many coast residents have never been to the Beauvoir home. He wants to make sure coast folks, as well as those all around the nation, know they are welcome.
Richard Forte has been serving as acting director of Beauvoir for 6 years. He is thrilled to have a direct descendant of Jefferson Davis now in charge.
"I don't have words to describe that," Forte said."Being an historian, to have a direct link like that, you cannot get any better than that."