NORTH CAROLINA: Ground Broken on $65M Civil War History Center
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.: Ground was ceremonially broken in Fayetteville on Wednesday for a $65 million museum complex dedicated to the Civil War era, the most divided period in American history.
Participants at the event said they hope the complex will be an educational resource and help heal racial and cultural divides that persist in the United States more than 150 years after the war ended.
The North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center is to be built next to the remnants of a Confederate Army arsenal on Arsenal Avenue on Haymount Hill. So far, organizers have obtained $27 million in government commitments and private donations to pay for it. They plan to ask the state, which has contributed $5 million, for another $25 million.
Backers say the history center will be a nexus of knowledge about the 1861 to 1865 failed rebellion of the Southern states. And it will cover the Reconstruction Era, a difficult period immediately after the war when the United States government brought the …
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