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National Park Service News Release


For Immediate Release:
August 05, 2004
Contact(s):   Josh Clemens, 731-689-5696


Grand Opening Activities Planned for Corinth Civil War Interpretative Center

Shiloh National Military Park along with the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and the Corinth African-American Historical Society are hosting special events to mark the grand opening of the Corinth Civil War Interpretative Center at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 24th, Shiloh Superintendent Woody Harrell announced today.

The week long events will begin with the dedication of the Corinth Contraband Camp Historic Site at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 24th. Sponsored by the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and the Corinth African-American Historical Society, music for the event will be provided by the Community Chorus. Speakers for the event will include representatives from state and federal government. The dedication key note address will be delivered by Dwight T. Pitcaithley, Chief Historian of the National Park Service. The Corinth Contraband Camp is located at 850 North Parkway in Corinth. Those attending the dedication are encouraged bring folding chairs to the ceremony. Parking for the event will be at the Corinth High School and Performing Arts Center parking area on Harper Road. A shuttle service will be provided from the school to the Contraband Camp Site. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Coliseum Civic Center located at 404 Taylor Street in Corinth.

The opening ceremonies for the Corinth Civil War Interpretative Center will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a musical presentation by the Community Chorus of Corinth and the Corinth Symphony Orchestra. The Community Chorus is under the direction of Bob Taylor, Choral Director Northeast Mississippi Community College and Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Corinth. Maurice Weatherall, Professor of Music at Rust College, Holly Springs, Mississippi will conduct the Corinth Symphony Orchestra. Performing with the Community Chorus and the Corinth Symphony will be soloist Jane Redding-Marrero, a native of Alcorn County who currently makes her home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Redding-Marrero is an accomplished opera singer who has performed for such impressive venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., New York and the Virginia Opera, among others.

Speakers will include Senators Trent Lott and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, representatives of state and federal government and the Civil War Preservation Trust as well as Don Murphy, Deputy Director of the National Park Service. Civil War period music will be provided throughout the afternoon by the Fifth Alabama Regimental Band.

Those planning to attend the grand opening activities are encouraged to bring folding chairs. Parking for the event will be located at the West Corinth Elementary School parking area. A shuttle service will be provided from the school to the Interpretative Center for the opening ceremony. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held at the Coliseum Civic Center located at 404 Taylor Street in Corinth. The Corinth Civil War Interpretative Center will be open to the public until 8 p.m. on July 24, 2004.

Grand opening activities for the Corinth Civil War Interpretative Center will continue through August 1, 2004. The National Park Service has scheduled several guest authors and performers to give presentations beginning Thursday, July 29, 2004. Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr., author of An Artilleryman's War: Gus Dey and the 2nd United States Artillery, will discuss his book. Presenting on Friday, July 30 will be Mark A. Plummer author of Lincoln's Rail-Splitter: Governor Richard J. Oglesby. Mr. Plummer will discuss Richard Oglesby's Civil War experience and role in the battle of Corinth. On Saturday, July 31, Peter Cozzens author of The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka and Corinth will discuss the Battle of Corinth and the role of General Earl Van Dorn. The week long grand opening activities will conclude on Sunday, August 1 with a period Civil War musical presentation by musician Bobby Horton. All programs for the week are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with time between presentations for the authors to sign copies of their books. Bobby Horton will perform Sunday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The Corinth Civil War Interpretative Center will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from July 24, 2004 to August 7, 2004. Regular operating hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday with the exception of Christmas Day. For further information contact Shiloh National Military Park at 731-689-5696.

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