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Contact: Bill Barley, 228-230-4118
Ocean Springs, MS – Gulf Islands National Seashore officials announced special programming in celebration of African American History Month. Special programs will be held at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center at Davis Bayou from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Programs will explore the African American experience during the American Civil War.
Park rangers and volunteers will share stories through an encampment with programs and demonstrations that discuss the daily lives and events of African American soldiers. Several African American units, including the 74th and 25th United States Colored Troops, served as part of the Union Army on Ship Island during the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public; special programs will be at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslands_NPS, and Instagram www.instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
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