The Great Sultana

The Great Sultana

This weekend at 2:00 pm, local historian and professor Gene Wright will be present at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, to tell the tragic story of the steamboat, The Sultana. The Sultan exploded and sank on April 27, 1865 carrying 2300 just-released Union prisoners of war, plus crew and civilian passengers. Some 1700 people died.

Gene Wright will also unveil his large scale model of The Sultana and provide a visual depiction of survivors and non survivors.

The museum will open at noon with the presentation at 2:00. A $5.00 donation will be appreciated. Hours for the Lincoln exhibit are Wednesdays through Fridays 5-8 pm, Saturdays and Sundays Noon-5. The Lincoln exhibit is co-sponsored by the Savanna Historical Society and the Savanna Public Library and is made possible from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association.

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