Night Museum Program Returns to Andersonville to Begin the 150th Anniversary
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201
On the evening of Saturday, January 25, 2014, Andersonville National Historic Site will again hold its Night Museum event. This Night Museum event will be the first program in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Andersonville prison.
From 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., the National Prisoner of War Museum will be open for a twice annual nighttime opportunity to view the museum exhibits and experience the prison site. At the National Prisoner of War Museum, the exhibits, museum and bookstore will be open. At 7:00 p.m. a special presentation, "Black and White, Slave, Free and Prisoner: African Americans and the Prison of Andersonville." will occur in the museum theater. The park films Voices From Andersonville will be shown at 6:00 p.m. and Echoes of Captivity will be shown at 8:00 p.m.
From the courtyard at the rear of the museum, the path to the prison site will be illuminated by lanterns, allowing access to the reconstructed northeast corner of the prison site. Among the replica shelters will be living history volunteers, portraying the often-overlooked winter period of the prison in 1864-65.
The special program, "Black and White, Slave, Free and Prisoner: African Americans and the Prison of Andersonville." will be presented by Robert Scott "Bob" Davis. Robert Scott "Bob" Davis is director of the Family and Regional History Program, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama. His published works include Ghosts and Shadows of Andersonville, which received the American Association for State and Local History's Award of Merit in History in 2007.
"The Night Musem event provides a unique opportunity to visit the museum and prison site after dark," stated Superintendent Brad Bennett, "we hope many visitors join us for this, the first program of many over the next two years, to observe the 150th anniversary of Andersonville."
During this nighttime event the prison site tour road and the Andersonville National Cemetery will be closed. Visitors may want to bring flashlights for use while outside.
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. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/ Visitus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS
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Did You Know?
Boston Corbett (Sgt 16th NY Cavalry), the man credited with killing John Wilkes Booth, was a prisoner at Andersonville. Prisoner diaries and memoirs mention Corbett as being extremely religious and a bit eccentric.