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Jefferson Davis Memorial to host African American women re-enactors

FAIRVIEW, Ky. - Jefferson Davis State Historic Site invites guests to learn more about how free African American women survived and supported black soldiers as they fought for freedom during the Civil War.

The Feb. 4, 2011 program will feature the Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED), affiliated with the Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C.  The ladies of FREED dress in period costumes and use period speech to portray African American people and their way of life during the Civil War.

The program, part of Black History Month, is free and will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site marks the birthplace of the Confederate president. The park features a 351-foot monument that was completed in 1924 and includes an elevator. The site also has a museum and gift shop. There is also a picnic area on the park grounds.

The gift shop features Kentucky handcrafts, souvenirs, books and Civil War memorabilia. The site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through October. There is a fee for the museum and monument.

The site is 9 miles east of Hopkinsville on U.S. 68.

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