African American History Month programs at Andersonville
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, x.201
Andersonville National Historic Site is proud to announce a series of programs throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
Saturday February 9, at 3:00 p.m., Nicole Moore will present the program, "What It Means to be Free: Life After Emancipation" in the National Prisoner of War Museum theater. Ms. Moore is a public historian, blogger, consultant and interpreter of slave life. She currently works as a museum educator for Virginia Beach Historic Houses. Her program will explore what life was like for newly freed African Americans as they adjusted to a new life in a new nation. Emancipation and the 13th Amendment guaranteed freedom, but provided little else. She will explore how African Americans thrived during this period of nationwide transition.
Saturday February 16, at 3:00 p.m., Robert Blackwell, the POW/MIA Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust, will speak in the National Prisoner of War Museum theater. Mr. Blackwell will speak about his personal experience with the 1987 "Last Patrol" march from San Antonio, Texas to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C, and how it inspired the creation of a traveling exhibit about the American prisoner of war experience.
In addition, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday February 9 & 16, the National Park Service will lead a special "Civil War to Civil Rights" walking tour through the national cemetery. This program will explore some of the stories of African-American military veterans permanently honored in Andersonville National Cemetery. Meet at the Georgia Monument in the cemetery for this one hour walking tour.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum opening at 9:00 a.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
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Did You Know?
The Sultana was a steamboat on the Mississippi River that sunk on April 27, 1865, after its steam boiler exploded. Of the 2,400 passengers on board, an estimated 1,600 were killed. A majority of the passengers, a little over 2,000, were Union soldiers many of whom had survived Andersonville prison and were returning home. Most of these men had survived the horrors of Andersonville only to be lost in what became the greatest maritime disaster in the history of the United States.