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(UPDATED 8/28/2013) The Beaufort History Museum is mounting an exhibit about the first former slaves to be officially recognized as Union soldiers in the Civil War. These soldiers were mustered in on the same day they were given their freedom, as part of a Jubilee at the reading here of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Robert Smalls helped convince President Lincoln that they would be able troops, and there is evidence that the Proclamation was hurried up to accommodate their enlistment.
Please note: The Gala will be held from 6 pm - 9 pm in the Beaufort History Museum @ City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street in Beaufort. Opening Gala Prices: $25.00 for members, $35.00 for non-members. Call Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum, 277-1443, beauforthistorymuseum.com .
The exhibit is open Tuesday through Thursday 10 am - Noon; 2 pm - 4pm, in the Beaufort History Museum @ City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street in Beaufort, Sept. 5th - Dec. 26th. Price: $3.00 Pick up an "I visited "Civil War 150" voucher to receive a discount on admission to the exhibit. Call Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum, 277-1443, beauforthistorymuseum.com .