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Bronze statue honoring black soldiers in the Vicksburg Campaign to be installed at Lincoln County library

The Lincoln County Public Library is kicking off Black History Month with a ceremony to place a small statue in its permanent art collection.

The two-foot bronze maquette, created by Dr. Kim Sessums, will be placed in the library at a ceremony this Thursday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. The small statue is based on the original clay model used to create the 16-foot statue installed at the Vicksburg Military Park in 2004, which commemorates the participation of black soldiers in the Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War.

A reception will follow the program, which will include gospel music by the Macedonia Travelers and guest speaker Robert Walker, former mayor of Vicksburg, former chairman of the Vicksburg Civil War Monument Commission and assistant history professor at Jackson State University.

Admission is free and encouraged. For more information, contact the library at 601.833.3369.

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