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Dupree leads effort on local Civil War history

The chairman of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is keeping himself busy promoting the history of America’s bloodiest war where brother fought against brother.

Chairman Tommy Dupree, a Jacksonville resident, besides being very active with statewide activities, was instrumental in making Reed’s Bridge a success for Civil War enthusiasts and people interested in promoting tourism in the city.

Dupree said he and the other ACWSC supporters are working hard promoting the 150th anniversary of the Civil War around the state.

“Arkansas took its first step toward observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War as Act 635 of the 86th Arkansas General Assembly created the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission,” Dupree said.

Living history demonstrations, a national Underground Railroad conference, lectures and exhibits around the state are among the events the ACWSC has sanctioned for this month, Dupree said.

Dupree said other events taking place later this month locally are:

• Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable will feature Joseph Herron of Arkansas Post National Memorial speaking on the Battle of Arkansas Post at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on June 11; email misslata@sbcglobal.net for more information.

• “Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibit” will conclude its run at the William F. Laman Library in North Little Rock on Saturday; call 771-1995 for more information.

For more information on these and other sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events.

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