Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

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Date: June 21, 2012
Contact: Gail Bishop, 850-934-2618

Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

Trading cards have been popular with kids for generations, from images of sports figures to movie stars. Now, Gulf Islands National Seashore is offering eight free trading cards featuring:The Branded Hand of Jonathan Walker, Lieutenant Adam Slemmer:Saving Fort Pickens, Secret Night Time Raid on Santa Rosa Island, Federal Fire Power at Fort Pickens, The Pensacola Forts: Avenue to Freedom

"Dead Line" at Ship Island, Ship Island:Strategic Union Staging Ground, The First to Fight: The Louisiana Native Guards.

The cards available at Gulf Islands National Seashoreare part of a series of 550 cards available at participating national parks throughout the United States. To "earn" a trading card, kids may participate in a ranger-led tour or answer a question about their visit to the park.

"The trading cards are vehicles for telling some 'lesser-known' stories - including the stories of civilians, women, African-Americans and American Indians," said Superintendent Daniel R Brown. The trading cards are a great way to engage kids with our history as a nation, both here at Gulf Islandsand throughout the United States. According to Superintendent Brown, the cards also provide an incentive to families with children to visit all parks which offer the cards.

Each trading card tells a little-known story but collectively the cards describe the struggles we have endured as a nation to strive for freedom and equality. The Civil War Sesquicentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement provide opportunities for us to reflect upon our past, celebrate the strides we have made and look forward with commitment to achieve a more perfect union.





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