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Fort Delaware highlights the role of African Americans in the Civil War

DELAWARE CITY (Aug. 9, 2012) – Fort Delaware hosts visiting living history groups from the region to partner with the fort’s interpretive staff for popular POW Weekends. The next of these memorable visitor experiences is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12. The weekend will feature living history re-enactors dressed in period costume.

Each day, visitors will learn about Fort Delaware’s role as a Civil War fortress, including the unique role that African Americans played. The exhibit, Black Fort Delaware Uncovered will be available each day. On Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m., Dr. David Orr, a Temple University archaeology professor, will present African American Communities 1830 – 1940: An Archaeological Perspective.

Access to Pea Patch Island is by ferry from either Delaware City or Fort Mott, New Jersey.  Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children 2 through 12 and $10 for seniors and Active Duty Military and Veterans (with ID). Children under 2 are admitted free of charge.

Reservations are suggested, but visitors may purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made by calling 1-877- 987-2757 or visiting Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance.

Vol. 42, No. 303

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