Audio: Historians push to install statue of black Civil War Soldier in southeast Missouri town

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(Missourinet) – Historians want to add a historical attraction to a downtown square in southeast Missouri’s Cape Girardeau.

The attraction is a limited-edition bronze statue of James Ivers, a black soldier who fought in the Civil War. Historian Steven Hoffman with Southeast Missouri State University told KFVS-TV the square’s location was a place where slaves were sold hundreds of years ago.



Cape Girardeau’s is in competition with a city in Tennessee to commission the statue of Ivers, a slave who signed up for the Union Army in the town square.

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