News Release 011

Special program Feb. 23 marks Black History Month at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Volume 39-011 (For Immediate Release)
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A special program Feb. 23 at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington will focus on the role of black soldiers in the Civil War. The program will be presented by Jim Denny, Civil War historian, and will focus on the Battle of Island Mound where African-American soldiers engaged in combat for the first time during the Civil War. The site associated with this historic battle is now preserved at Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site, located eight miles southwest of Butler in Bates County. Also during the program, the site will feature a temporary exhibit about Kansas and Missouri black Civil War soldiers.

The free program will begin at 2 p.m. in the site’s visitor center theater. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the program helps celebrate February as Black History Month.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located at 1101 Delaware St. in Lexington. For more information about the program, call the site at 660-259-4654. For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.