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Va. Museum of Confederacy to open new space

Sunday - 2/12/2012, 3:58pm  ET

APPOMATTOX, Va. - The Museum of the Confederacy is continuing to prepare for opening its Appomattox location.

The phones, lighting and office furnishings are in place, but the museum is still awaiting its exhibits. Artifacts to be displayed include the sword worn by Robert E. Lee at the Appomattox surrender. Crews can't move them in until construction fumes dissipate.

Director Linda Lipscomb tells The News & Advance ( http://bit.ly/yE8qSQ) that the new museum will feature the domestic life of both white civilians and black people. Letters written to and from an Appomattox girl to a brother and to a potential suitor will be among items on display.

Lipscomb says the exhibits likely will be in the installation process up until the day before the grand opening, set for March 31.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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