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Event shares story of Contraband Camp
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Three important living historians are coming to the Crossroads.

The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center will present the Corinth Contraband Camp Symposium set for later this month.

The two day event scheduled for April 17-18 will feature a panel discussion with living historians portraying Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Fredrick Douglass.

“The Corinth Contraband Camp is a significant part of Corinth Civil War,” said Interpretive Center Supervisory Park Ranger Ashley Berry. “We hope the event helps the local community find a connection with the camp, while also bringing tourists to town.”

According to Berry, the National Park Service’s Shiloh National Military Park, which includes the Interpretive Center and the Contraband Camp in Corinth, organized the event in conjunction with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University and the Ulysses S. Grant Association, to highlight the significance of Corinth in African-American and Civil War history.

“After several years in the making, the event is finally happening,” Berry said. “We received a $22,000 grant to help promote and host the event.”

Berry said the living historians coming to the Corinth event are some of the best in the country.

George Buss will portray Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Curt Fields will portray Ulysses S. Grant and Michael Crutcher will portray Fredrick Douglass. The group will join in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. John F. Marszalek on April 18 from 2-3:15 p.m. at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center.

“We are also excited about taking Grant and Douglass into the local middle schools,” said Berry. “They will do presentations to 5th-8th grade students.”

Noted Civil War historian Dr. John David Smith of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will present a talk on the Contraband Camp and the 1st Alabama Infantry Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops that was organized at the camp on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the coliseum.

Dr. Deidre Cooper Owens, historian at the University of Mississippi, will give a talk about the life of former slaves in the camp, with a closing concert of Civil War music by popular artist Bobby Horton on April 18 from starting at 3:30 p.m. at the coliseum.

A ranger program presented by Park Ranger Tom Parson will take place at the Contraband Camp from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on April 18.

All events are free and open to the public.

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