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Agricultural Drone Awareness Day at Alcorn State University

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Sell your crafts at the 37th annual Old Courthouse Fall Flea Market in Vicksburg

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2019 marks the 37th year for the Old Court House Fall Flea Market in Vicksburg.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Museum (1008 Cherry St.). The event is still a month away, so there’s still still space available if you want to sell your crafts. Contact Jordan Rushing at 601-636-0741 for information.

Vendors come from all over the United States to showcase and sell crafts of all kinds, according to organizers. Among the craft offerings will be woodworking, antiques, pottery, jewelry, paintings, metal working, toys and more.

Attendees can also enjoy a variety of food from local businesses and organizations.

Head to the Flea Market’s Facebook event page for updates and more information.

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Vicksburg park to commemorate 400 years of Africans in America

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This coming Sunday, Aug. 25, the Vicksburg National Military Park will host a commemoration ceremony honoring 400 years of African Americans in this country.

A painting of Fort Comfort, the site of today’s Fort Monroe National Monument. Image from the Library of Congress.

The commemoration originated in the Fort Monroe National Monument near Hampton, Va., at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The site was known as Fort Comfort in 1619, and the Fort Monroe park is holding a multi-day commemoration, concluding with a Day of Healing on Sunday and the nationwide bell ringing.

“The highlight of the ceremony is going to be the ringing of the Cemetery Bell,” said Vicksburg National Military Park spokesman Bill Justice. “It’s scheduled to be for four minutes, so I expect we’re going to have opportunities for people to ring the bell.”

 

Fort Monroe today. Photo from the National Park Service.

The first Africans arrived here as slaves in 1619, on the shores of what would become the state of Virginia in the United States. English colonist John Rolfe noted in his diary the arrival of “20 and odd” African men and women at Point Comfort in late August 1619. It was a pivotal moment in the nation’s history, according to the Fort Monroe website. Stolen by English privateers from a Spanish slave ship and brought to Point Comfort on a ship called the White Lion, these natives of west central Africa are believed to have been traded for food and supplies. They were the first Africans to be brought to English North America.

The bell-ringing will take place in a number of parks across the country, but Justice expects most of those parks will be related to the Civil War in some way.

The African-American Monument is located on the south side of Grant Avenue between milepost 4.3 and 4.4 in the Vicksburg National Military Park.

“In the case of Vicksburg, the park has a lot of connections to enslavement and the U.S. Colored Troops who were involved in the war,” Justice said.

Of the more than 17,000 graves of Civil War era soldiers in the park, roughly 7,000 belong to the U.S. Colored Troops.

“The units were raised from Mississippi and Louisiana,” Justice said. “They were in the Union Army, but they were from here. They escaped enslavement and enlisted in the United States Army. They were formed up, initially, in state units, but they were later re-designated as U.S. Colored Troop units.

Faces from the African American monument.

“These people settled here in Vicksburg, and they spent their lives here.”

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 2 p.m. with the ringing of the National Cemetery bell for four minutes. At this time, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has indicated he will be attending.

Normal park entrance fees apply. For additional information, please contact the park at 601-636-0583.

 

 

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McRaven House hosts monthly ghost hunt/investigation

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The August Ghost Hunt/Investigation of the McRaven House (1445 Harrison St.), the most haunted home in Mississippi, is Saturday, Aug. 17, starting at 2 a.m. 

“Each month we host an investigation, and it starts out with our regular haunted tour, which is basically a story telling of all the people who have died in the house and how their spirits are still in the house,” said John Chinsley, operations lead at the McRaven Tour Home. “Then we split up into groups led by professional investigators until about 4 a.m., and we’ll have snacks.

The registration fee for this event is $75 dollars, but act fast if you’re interested. For the August Investigation of the McRaven House, you must register at least 24 hours prior to the investigation. But don’t worry. If you miss this event, the house offers numerous other tours and events, including private tours. Visit www.mcraventourhome.com for more information or call 601-501-1336. You can also stop by.

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