A program focusing on the role of black soldiers in the Civil War will be held at the Lexington State Historic Site. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk to site administrator Janae Fuller:
Saturday’s event will feature historian Jim Denny. “He will be discussing the Battle of Island Mound which is now a new historic site in Bates County, ” said Fuller, “It’s a really neat site because it’s one of the first places where black troops participated in the Civil War and that was in 1862.”
A temporary exhibit will also be displayed that focuses on Kansas and Missouri soldiers. The free program is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. at the site’s visitor center theater.
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 mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.