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Bennie McRae at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

For Immediate Release

Bennie McRae, Jr. presents “The Record of Events for the Second Louisiana Native Guards” at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi

Bennie McRae, Jr., author and noted historian of the US Colored Troops will present a history of the Second Louisiana Native Guards at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi on January 10, 2009. His presentation, “The Record of Events for the Second Louisiana Native Guards” details the Regiment’s service at Ship Island, Mississippi and Fort Pike, Louisiana. Featured with McRae at the January 10th Symposium are author Natasha Trethewey “Native Guard”, and authors/historians James G. Hollandsworth “The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience During the Civil War”, and C. P. (Kitty) Weaver “Thank God My Regiment an African One: The Civil War Diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels”.

Bennie McRae is the co-author of “Nineteenth Century Freedom Fighters: The 1st South Carolina Volunteers.” He is an internationally recognized scholar of the US Colored Troops and historian of the black American military experience. McRae was a consultant to Australian Television’s broadcast, "Black Soldier Blues" documenting the African-American military in Australia and the South Pacific. Bennie McRae is the founder of Lest We Forget, an online resource documenting America’s centuries-old black military experience. He was also the Military Forum Manager for In 2006, Bennie McRae was honored with the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award.

From January 9th through February 20th 2009 The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum will present a photographic exhibition of the Second Louisiana Native Guards. It’s centerpiece is Natasha Trethewey’s book “Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment”

The Symposium featuring Bennie McRae Jr., Natasha Trethewey, James G. Hollandsworth, and C. P. (Kitty) Weaver and its date and time is listed below.

January 10, 2009 9 am to 12 pm
Dukate Room, Bancorp South
760 Howard Avenue
Biloxi, MS 39530
Free and Open to the Public. Limited Seating; Reservations suggested.

For detailed information, please click on the link below to the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s press release.

Many thanks to the Mississippi Power Foundation, Rex Distributing Company, Bancorp South, Martha and Jerry O’Keefe and the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. Their support brings an important chapter of African Americans and their pivotal role in the Civil War to the forefront of the American memory.

Please attend this exciting and historic event.

K Wyer Lane

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