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Vicksburg Participates in University of Iowa Pay It Forward Tour

University of Iowa Students pose in front of the headstones they cleaned in Vicksburg National Cemetery.
University of Iowa Students pose in front of the headstones they cleaned in Vicksburg National Cemetery.
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News Release Date: March 19, 2009
Contact: Elizabeth Roberts-Hamel, 601-636-0583

On Tuesday March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), more than 40 students from the University of Iowa participated in a volunteer clean-up effort at Vicksburg National Cemetery. The students were on a Pay It Forward Tour organized by Students Today Leaders Forever, a non-profit group dedicated to leadership and community service.

The students were tasked with cleaning the headstones of some of the many unknown soldiers laid to rest in Vicksburg National Cemetery. Using small brushes and an environmentally friendly cleaning solution, they gently removed decades of dirt and plant matter, restoring the stones to their original, gleaming white appearance. Their duty sparked many questions about the cemetery, the park, and the causes and effects of the Civil War.

This coordinated effort involved participation by the park’s interpretive, resource management and facilities staffs.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Jefferson Davis served as a United States Congressman, Senator, Secretary of War, and war hero before being called upon to accept the Presidency of the Confederate States.