Target: Residents of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Goal: Applaud the residents of Gettysburg for their effort to start an African American museum in the historic town
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has a small African American community. This historical town was the cite of one of the most well-known Civil War battles. As such, many African American residents are dedicated to preserving the Black history of the town. They have begun to amass pictures and historical records for an African American historical museum in the town.
At the head of this project is Mary Alice Nutter, an African American resident who has made it her goal to preserve the history of Gettysburg. Nutter has a great-great grandfather who served in the Union Army and hopes to tell his story and many others through the establishment of a museum. Nutter has partnered with Ron Bailey who she found two years ago. Together they are the driving force for the project.
The residents are making it their goal not only to tell the history of the Civil War era, but other important eras as well. It is important that the stories of countless African Americans be told, and a new museum would be an excellent way to do this. Not only are the African American residents supporting this, but also White residents such as Dick Peterson who was once on the Gettysburg city council.
It is important for all Americans to learn about Black history through the stories of Black individuals. Many Americans tend to think that we are in the “age of colorblindness,” so it is not as necessary to learn about African American history because we are already passed it. This is untrue because America is not colorblind and we can always learn from the past. The residents of Gettysburg see this. Applaud the residents for their efforts to create a new museum by signing the petition below.
Dear Residents of Gettysburg,
The stories of African Americans throughout history have to be told in the right way. There are many museums dedicated to the struggle for freedom and equality for African Americans, but there is not one in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, home of the historic Battle of Gettysburg.
It is important to remember other events in Black history, not just the Civil War, and your ideas for the museum reflect all of Black history. It will be a challenge to start a museum that honors the stories of all the past African Americans of Gettysburg, and the residents of your community have bravely accepted this challenge.
Your efforts to establish a new Black history museum in Gettysburg are admirable. Americans of all races need to hear the stories you have found and collected. I hope your dreams of creating a museum to share these stories come true.
[Your Name Here]
photo credit: Matt Rourke via The Detroit News