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Lincoln University Professor’s Appointment to Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation Marks Collaboration

Jefferson City — April 7, 2005 — In a joint announcement today, Dr. Debra Greene, Assistant Professor in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Lincoln University, located in Jefferson City, MO, has accepted a position on the five-person History Committee being formed by the Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, making Dr. Greene the first appointee to this body. The History Committee will assist the Foundation by reviewing all its interpretative and promotional materials for historical accuracy.

Lincoln University, a Historically Black University, is teaming up with Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation to preserve Missouri’s Civil War history. This collaboration will help ensure that the state’s significant role in America’s Civil War is a major focus during the national observance in 2011 of the 150th Anniversary of America’s Civil War.

For its part, Lincoln University is raising funds to build the Soldier’s Memorial Plaza, a monument and outdoor museum commemorating the school’s founders. When completed, the Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza will serve as a permanent reminder of the mission undertaken in 1866 by ex-slaves who fought in the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantries (as they were known then) and their white commanding officer, establishing a school dedicated to the education of African-Americans. The Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza is being built in the center of the 140-year-old hilltop campus located just minutes from Missouri’s state capitol. It will be replete with interpretive kiosks giving important facts about Missouri’s role in the Civil War. Supporters tout the tremendous wealth of educational material the project will offer Missouri school children, as well as the natural tourism draw to Central Missouri.

Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation Inc. is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation that has qualified as a tax-exempt educational organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was formed on June 18, 2001, and has as its principle purpose the promotion of tourism interest in Missouri’s cultural heritage sites related to the Civil War, and other nineteenth century events that precipitated or resulted from that war. The Foundation is also heavily involved in battlefield preservation efforts throughout the state. It is supporting Lincoln’s efforts to create an educational and historical experience highlighting the role of African-Americans in Missouri during the Civil War and is intending to use its resources to draw tourists to the Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza. “The Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza will serve as the centerpiece for the considerable, but largely untapped, Civil War tourism resources in and near Jefferson City,” said Foundation President Greg Wolk.

The collaborative effort between the Lincoln University and Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation is designed to help prepare Missouri to take full advantage of the economic benefits that will flow from the 150th Anniversary of the opening events of the Civil War, which arrives in 2011. To learn more about Missouri’s role in the U.S. Civil war, visit www.mocivilwar.org or to learn how you can become involved in the Foundation, call Greg Wolk at 314/ 353-2479. For information about the Soldier’s Memorial Plaza, call John Key at 573/ 681-5098 or e-mail keyj@lincolnu.edu.

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