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Boyd County Public Library to present Civil War portrayal

Feb. 05, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

ASHLAND -- Boyd County Public Library will host a special portrayal of a former slave turned Civil War soldier as part of its Black History Month celebration.

The Rev. Newton Bush will talk about "Freedom at a Terrible Price" at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave.

In the Kentucky Chautauqua presentation, Robert Bell portrays the Rev. Newton Bush, an enslaved man living in Kentucky in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took effect. Bush's freedom, like most slaves living in border states, was bittersweet.

It wasn't until 1864 that slaves in Kentucky could join the Union Army. That's when Bush risked his life to escape from his owner and travel to Camp Nelson, where he enlisted in Company E of the 5th Regiment U.S. Colored Cavalry.

Light refreshments will be served.

Reasonable accommodation for people with special needs should be requested at least 48 hours prior to a program by calling 606-0329-0518, Ext. 1140.

For more information on this or any program visit www. thebookplace.org.