Feb. 16: Black History Month program at Port Columbus

The Black History Month program at the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive, actors will read real-life stories about African Americans during the Civil War. Programs are at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with a guided tour of the museum's galleries at 2:30 p.m.Tickets are $7.50; $6.50 for military personnel and seniors ages 65 and older; $6 for students. Call 706-327-9798.

Actors include Ken Johnston, the executive director of the museum; Jonathan Perkins, the artistic director of the Liberty Theatre and twins Anitra and Alicia Thompson, who last appeared in the Springer Opera House production of "Annie." It's repeated at 3:30 p.m. There will be a "talk back" segment with the performers after each presentation.

Ani Thompson said everyone knows about Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Harriett Tubman, but there were some "local" people who deserve recognition.

A little known fact unearthed by Johnston is that 35 African Americans from the Columbus area served in the United States Navy 150 years ago.

The Black History Month programs and the Civil War medical programs every summer during "Cool History," have proved to be very popular and well-attended, Johnston said.

He's now working on getting these programs into schools digitally. Since many schools have cut back on field trips and with the museum's small staff, it's tough to get out into the schools.