GOING BACK TO ABERDEEN IN LATE 1800S

CATEGORY: Monroe County

AUTHOR: EILEEN

GOING BACK TO ABERDEEN IN LATE 1800S

Aberdeen Pilgrimage Schedule of Events

Friday

– Tour of homes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Dramatic reading of journals, diaries and letters written during the Civil War by Aberdeen residents. Readings by Aberdeen High School students will be a 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Evans Memorial Library.

– Antique Car Show and Sale and “Stitches Thru Time,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department on West Commerce and Matubba. Admission $2.

– Historic Pageant, 7:30 p.m., Elkin Theater on Commerce Street. Admission $3 adults and $2 students.

Saturday

– Tour of homes, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Dramatic reading of journals, diaries and letters written during the Civil War by Aberdeen residents. Readings by Aberdeen High School students will be a 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Evans Memorial Library.

– Antique Car Show and Sale and “Stitches Thru Time,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department on West Commerce and Matubba. Admission $2.

– North-South Skirmish by the 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment at Morgan’s Landing Park.

– A Taste of Mississippi, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Magnolias at 732 W. Commerce St.

– Lies and Legends of Old Aberdeen Cemetery, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission $1.

Sunday

– Tour of homes, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the tours of homes and other events, call the Aberdeen Visitors Bureau at 1-800-634-3538.

My own precious Husband

Again I indulge myself in the sweet privilege of writing to you, though I have but a faint hope that my letter will ever reach you. I intend sending it by Bass Simms who says he will leave for the army this morning, but it is doubtful whether he can carry anything through such a tedious journey safely.

– Portion of a letter written to A.J. Sykes by his wife, Georgia, on May 1, 1865, during the Civil War.

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Standing before a more than 120-year-old quilt, Felicia Broyles will bring to life one of Aberdeen’s residents during the Civil War.

Broyles, a ninth-grade student at Aberdeen High School, will portray Bettie Bumpass, who made the quilt in the 1870s from her husband’s vests, during two days of dramatic readings at the Evans Memorial Library. Broyles is one of 20 Aberdeen High School students in David Waldrop’s ninth-grade history class who undertook the project.

The library has several letters written to Bettie Bumpass by her husband, O.C. Bumpass, and her replies. There are also other letters, journals and diaries written by Aberdeen residents during the late 1800s.

“I think this is fun. We went through a lot of letters, journals and diaries before deciding on the letters from Bettie and O.C. Bumpass,” Broyles said.

The readings are being held in conjunction with Aberdeen’s 21st annual pilgrimage, which runs Friday through Sunday. The students, dressed in authentic costumes, will perform the dramatic readings three times on Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Librarian Kathy Bailey said the letters, journals, diaries, oral histories and some personal items of the residents who wrote the letters belong to the library.

Bailey said she would like to see the items used more as resources for educational purposes and for the community. “The readings seemed like a good way to start,” she said.

An important aspect of the project is that all of the letters, journals, diaries and oral history accounts are from residents of Aberdeen, she said. This is the first time the library has sponsored dramatic readings with the exhibit.

Dana Bullard, who helped coordinate the program, said the students were divided into groups and were able to choose what they wanted to read. The students then researched the different letters and journals.

Copies of the letters, along with other memorabilia, such as photographs, will be on display. Also on display will be oral history accounts from freed slaves taken by the Works Progress Administration in 1937.

Brandi Moore said she has enjoyed the project. “I’ve never done something like this before and it is good experience.”

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