Blue and Gray museum marks 19th century history

Blue and Gray museum marks 19th century history
Mayor Massee
Mayor Massee

It's getting harder to find Confederate flags, as more retailers pull flag merchandise from their shelves.

There are places where the flag will live on. One is a museum that celebrates a unique aspect of south Georgia's history. The Blue and Gray museum in Fitzgerald keeps a big part of American history.

The city of Fitzgerald was founded in 1896 by Union soldiers looking for a new life. Many Confederate veterans joined them, and city leaders say their museum tells that story.

"Here are some early pictures. Our history is that of those two groups coming together here in the Deep South and forming a new life for themselves," said Fitzgerald Mayor Mark Massee.

A week ago, a man who held up the Confederate flag as a symbol of his racist views killed nine people at a black church in South Carolina. Now, many retailers are pulling all merchandise with the Confederate flag on it. State governments across the south are now revisiting whether they will fly the flag on their property.

Massee hopes it doesn't affect museums. "It's just part of the history of those settlers, and it's important to provide that history that again is representative of both sides of that conflict and how they came together," said Massee.

The Blue and Gray museum maintains its goal of preserving that history. "We can't change history, but what is important about this history is that you had the two opposing sides. We don't celebrate the causes of either one necessarily. What we celebrate is that they came together," said Massee.

A celebration Massee hopes will continue in the years to come.

The museum also recognizes other people and periods of history in Fitzgerald. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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