Museum highlights African Americans who fought in Civil War

The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus is holding its second “Black in Blue: African Americans in the Civil War Navies” program Saturday in honor of Black History Month.

“Black in Blue” focuses on the stories of African Americans who served in both the Confederate and Union navies, as well as others who were affected by the war.

Saturday’s program will tell the stories of Moses Dallas, and his wife, Harriet Dallas and Susie King.

Dallas was one of the first men killed in the raid on the U.S.S. Water Witch. He was a well-known Savannah boat pilot and business owner.

After his death, Harriet went on to grow her husband’s business.

King was a Union nurse who served on the Georgia coast.

Local actors Jonathan Perkins and twins, Ali and Ani Thompson, play the roles.

Special tours of the museum will be given during the day that highlight African American contributions to the navies.

While the museum will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the program will be 1:30-4:30 p.m.

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