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Civil War Interpretive Center looks to expand exhibit

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Updated: 11/22/2013 10:58 am
BALDWYN, Miss. (WTVA) -- Officials at Mississippi's Final Stand Interpretive Center say they are looking to expand a current exhibit to include more about the role of African American troops in Civil War battles that took place near North Mississippi cities like Baldwyn.
"It's sort of an untold story that needs more publicity," said Philip Walker with The Walker Collaborative.
With the help of a group from Nashville's, "The Walker Collaborative", officials with the Mississippi's Final Stands Interpretive Center and Battlefields, now have an idea of what a new U-S-C-T or United States Colored Troops Tour Stop will look like. 

"The idea is to better interpret the role of the African American soldier the U-S-C-T the United States Colored Troops who played a really pivotal role at the battle, a lot of people don't know that," said Walker. 

According to Walker, a survey released this year that focused on finding markers about African American Troops during the Civil War, states, that out of 141 markers only 65 specifically addressed the role of African American Troops.
The survey also states, of the 65 markers, only 2 were identified in the state of Mississippi that were exclusively about the U-S-C-T's role.
Mississippi's Final Stands director, Edwina Carpenter, says her team is working to see that number increase.
"We hope to be able to be one of the next ones to have that recognition to have a full size pull off with makers that interpret the actions of those black troops as well as a monument to them," said Carpenter. 

Carpenter says both the Interpretive Center and Battlefields include information about the role U-S-C-T, and recently a video was added in the interpretive center which highlights the role of the African American soldiers.

But now they are looking to expand their already existing exhibits to include more detailed information about the troops, Millie Fitzgerald is over research.

"I feel like we need to let everybody know that African American people have contributed so much to history and it is a part that has been so overlooked," said Fitzgerald.
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