The Civil War sesquicentennial commemorative event held at the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 16, was a fitting remembrance of those who struggled for liberty in these United States.
The film "Copperhead" was a firm reminder of how ideological differences on the home front, as well as on the battlefield, can materialize into malice and conflict.
As President Abraham Lincoln said, 150 years ago in the Gettysburg Address, "[. . .] these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
A special thank you to Delta businessmen Brad Davis and Keith Lucy for organizing this event with the Delta County Historical Society Museum and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War — it was a treat to see the Egyptian and the Delta Museum filled with people.
Over 430 tickets were sold and many came in hopes of winning a Henry 30/30 rifle and other prizes. Back in 1933 a similar event happened at the Egyptian Theatre here in Delta — it was called "Bank Night" and was where a movie-goer's ticket automatically entered them in a drawing for cash or grocery items during the depth of the Great Depression. The concept was invented by Charles Yaeger, then-owner of Delta's Egyptian, and immediately copyrighted and licensed to other movie theaters throughout America as a scheme to save the cinema industry during the Depression.
This community event to remember the Civil War and replicate Bank Night was truly memorable and helped support the museum's quest to preserve and showcase our local history. Thank you to all those who made it possible.