Students unveil quilts on grounds of historic places

New Albany (Drew Powell, WTVA)
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Updated: 6/11/2013 7:50 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- The grounds where the Union County Heritage Museum sit are part of the bloodiest conflict to take place on U.S. soil--the Civil War.

More than 750,000 Union and Confederate soldiers gave their last measure of devotion while fighting in the war.

A popular item used during the civil war were quilts.

Tuesday, students from schools in Kansas City, Missouri unveiled quilts on the grounds of the Heritage Museum and Cooper Park in downtown New Albany.

It's all part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the burning of New Albany and the battle of Mud Creek, both in June of 1863.
 
Students say they learned a lot about the history between the Union and Confederacy when they made the quilts.

"One of the things I learned from this project is obviously we came, we're coming further south and learning just new types of culture. [We're] learning [about] people and seeing a different atmosphere," said student David Reed.  

"The town was burned down 150 years ago. It's just showing our forgiveness for this town and commemorate the beauty of it even though its been rebuilt," said student Sarah Queen. 

Forty-eight states now have a quilt trail. 

The new display will be permanent at multiple locations throughout New Albany.
 

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