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Documentary Takes Library Customers Back in Time

This photo is originally from eparks.com.Shots rang out from smoking barrels. Soldiers fell. Their blood stained the ground on Shiloh Hill. This was the story of the Battle of Shiloh, a war fought in April 1862 between the Union and Confederate armies over the issue of slavery.

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., customers to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) can revisit Shiloh Hill during a film entitled Shiloh: A Fiery Trial. This convincing re-enactment chronicles the two-day battle in the actual location where it was fought on the Shiloh battlefield.

“Our history tells us where we have been, where we are, and where we are going,” said Library Deputy Director Fred Bannerman-Williams. “A society that doesn’t know its history is lost. This information will make us a better informed community,” he said.

The documentary complements a recent program at the Library called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War.” (See www.memphislibrary.org/whatsnew/americancivilwar2013.) This five-part, scholar-led reading and discussion paved the way to the documentary, which will bring the series to life.

“The role of the Library is to present the past, present, and future. When people attend these programs, they are informed, empowered, and engaged in the community,” Bannerman-Williams said. “It will help our community to move forward.”

Library customers are encouraged to wear historical costumes and come prepared to travel back in time.

For more information on the showing of Shiloh: A Fiery Trial or any Library programs and services, contact Public Relations Supervisor Marcey Evans at (901) 463-3055 or email marcey.evans@memphistn.gov.