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Posted November 12, 2012 by Chris Cannon in News

Monday, November 12, 2012

GRCVB Contact:
Chris Cannon, Director of Communication

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Historian to present lecture on Civil War-era race relations in Rome

ROME, GA. — Dan Roper, a respected Georgia historian, will present the final Rome – Floyd Civil War Symposium of 2012 on Thursday, November 15.

The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with the Rome- Floyd County Library since 2011 to bring various speakers on unique Civil War Heritage topics. The series celebrates Civil War heritage during the Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, of the War Between the States, which will continue through 2015.

Roper is the publisher and editor of Georgia Backroads, a seasonal magazine focused on the unique heritage and culture found throughout Georgia. He has also published several books and over 80 articles on Georgia history and travel.

Roper will present a lecture titled “Shades of Gray:  Race Relations in Rome during the Civil War and Reconstruction.”

According to Roper, “In 1872 in Floyd County, a black man entered a white church pastored by a veteran of the Confederate army.  What happened next reveals the dramatic and complex history of the white and black communities in Rome during the era of the Civil War, Reconstruction and the Ku Klux Klan.  This story offers intrigue and surprise and gives proof to the old adage, ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’”

The event is free and open to the public. The one hour symposium will be held at 6:30pm in the Coosa Room of the Rome – Floyd County Library.

For additional information on the Civil War Symposium Series, contact the Rome – Floyd Visitor Center at 706.295.5576.


The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Georgia. The GRCVB’s mission is to strengthen the economic fabric of the community through tourism development by attracting leisure travelers, conventions, meetings, sports and events.

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