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A Southern Family's Civil War Experience



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A Southern Family’s Civil War Experience

BROOKFIELD CENTER — As part of its ongoing efforts to develop awareness of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War, the Brookfield Museum & Historical Society will host, on Monday, June 6, “A Southern Family’s Civil War Experience.”

Kirk Jackson will offer the program, which will begin at 7:30 pm and is free of charge.

Mr Jackson will discuss the family’s history during the American Civil War and its impact on their plantation, The Forks at Cypress in Florence, Ala. This Greek Revival home, which was built by James Jackson II, was used as a base camp by occupying Union forces during the war. It was also the plantation where ancestors of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley, the author of Queen and Roots, were slaves.

Mr Jackson has often spoken before various societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution in New York City and Newtown Historical Society. Brought up in the deep South, his family history in the Civil War is both extensive and personal. His discussion will be from a Southern perspective and will touch upon such events as his ancestor, Colonel James Jackson’s imprisonment in Fort Warren in Boston.

Also included at the presentation will be numerous artifacts and regalia including weapons, letters, and pictures. Mr Jackson, an accomplished artist, will in addition include some of his handmade historical painted fireboards as part of this event.  

Complimentary refreshments will be served following the presentation.

The museum is at 165 Whisconier Road, at the intersection of Routes 25 and 133 in Brookfield Center. Call 203-740-8140 for additional information.

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