Corinth Contraband Experience
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On Saturday, February 29, the National Park Service, in partnership with the Corith Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Corinth, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Mississsippi Humanities, and Mississippi Hills, will release a new augmented reality app, which will help vistors explore the Corinth Contraband Camp.
In April 2017, the National Park Service and Northeast Mississippi Community College signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide such context through the creation of augmented reality. The Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau joined the project as a third major partner. Using augmented reality, each statue will have a film depicting the experiences of the inhabitants using both historic images and scenes re-enacted by area residents, including many youth from the Booneville Boys & Girls Club. Visitors will download the application onto their phone or tablet either prior to their arrival or on location. At the site, the visitor will direct their smart device towards the statue or plaque which will prompt the video to start.
In addition, the application will be available for use off-site, so users can view the videos from locations around the world. The project includes the creation of teacher resources so classroom educators can use the Corinth story as an example of how African Americans contributed to their own emancipation and the Union effort in the Civil War.
The project will be formally launched at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center on February 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Alisea McLeod, Chair of Humanities at Rust College. In her presentation, McLeod will trace the lives of some of the refugees at the Corinth camp. Performing at the program will be choruses from Northeast Mississippi Community College, Corinth High School, and Alcorn County High School. Following the program at the Coliseum, busses will provide transportation to the Corinth Contraband Camp where visitors can view the augmented reality and the NEMCC Drum Line will play.
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