Vicksburg National Military Park Hosts Lincoln and the Constitution Exhibit
Contact: Virginia DuBowy, 601-619-2911
Beginning Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2013, and as part of Vicksburg National Military Park's Sesquicentennial commemoration, the park will host the traveling exhibit "Lincoln and the Constitution." The exhibit will be housed at Pemberton Headquarters, located at 1018 Crawford Street in downtown Vicksburg, and be on display to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Beginning June 1, 2013, the exhibit can be seen daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm running through July 2013.
The exhibit was developed by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, and has been circulating around the country under the sponsorship of the American Library Association. It depicts several themes including the Civil War as a constitutional crisis, secession, slavery, civil liberties, and Lincoln's legacy. Discussing the critical issues of the day, the exhibit highlights the ideals born from this conflict and how Lincoln sought to transmit these to future generations.
Admission to Pemberton Headquarters and the exhibit is free. Admission to the Vicksburg National Military Park is $8.00 per personal vehicle, and all applicable Vicksburg and National Park Service annual passes are accepted. The park is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily and information regarding entrance fees or programs can be found on the park's website at www.nps.gov/vick or calling 601-636-0583.
Did You Know?
Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.