COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The National Naval Museum in Columbus is honoring Black History Month by connecting people to the past with untold stories of Navies in the Civil War.
For two Saturdays this month, visitors can go on an interactive tour inside the Naval Museum and have a "face-to-face" with professional actors, who share the heroic, untold stories of African American nurses, pilots, sailors, and engineers. All who were connected to naval forces in the American Civil War.
"These are stories that are not in the textbooks and we explore and celebrate some truly, truly hidden figures that did some momentous things," said Jonathan Perkins, Director of Communications for the Naval Museum.
News Leader 9 took a tour of the museum. It's a front row seat to history where you'll meet admirable figures like Moses and Harriet Dallas.
"So, Harriet Dallas was married to Moses Dallas who was actually a boat pilot for the Confederate Navy. They had a very special circumstance because during that time a free man couldn't work that trade so he was a slave but he bought the freedom of his wife and daughter," said Chiara Richardson a professional actor.
Other African-American heroes' stories like Robert Smalls, a slave who escaped to freedom by sea are also displayed.
"He high-jacked a ship and it's really cool to think about it. He had the courage despite everything that was going on back then and just the willingness to do something he believed in and he had a crew full of people who believed in him too and he just exemplifies a great leader," said Will Oliver, a professional actor.
They are offering this program to local schools at no cost where they will learn about these intriguing hidden figures.
Museum visitors couldn't say enough good things about the tour, they recommend everyone to come check out this unique celebration of Black History Month.