Mary Alice Nutter is leading the charge for a museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that will tell the story of the African-American presence in the city and the discrimination they had to overcome up until the 1960’s in the very city where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous speech about human equality. The museum will also celebrate the contributions African-Americans made during the Battle of Gettysburg, the events that took place after the battle and in the Civil War. At the age of 68, she is still motivated and fighting to fulfill her mother’s dying wish of a building a local Black History Museum in the area.
Mary Nutter believes that the museum will attract more African-Americans to visit the site of the Battle of Gettysburg and James Paradis, a historian and author of the book “African-Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign” feels as if African-American attendance has dwindled due to more emphasis being placed on military strategy and Confederate forces.
Visit the link below to read the article by Kevin Begos of the Associated Press to learn more about her struggle and her fight to start and complete this project.
Visit this link to learn about the Black men that fought at Gettysburg.