Whistlin' Dixie

(September 5, 2003) — (Hot Springs-AP) -- A planned display at the Hot Springs Convention Center of a statue of Abraham Lincoln has drawn criticism from a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The statue, a smaller, three-foot version of the one that sits in the Lincoln Memorial at Washington, has been at Hot Springs since 1962. Hot Springs Civic and Convention Center officials are putting the finishing touches on a display centered on the statue. Loy Mauch of Bismarck, commander of the local camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said that group feels the display will be an insult to their values. He said the group is planning protests. According to Mauch, "Having an exhibition anywhere in Dixie of this depraved thug is the equivalent of having a statue of Adolf Hitler in Israel."