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Museum of the Confederacy Opens in Appomattox

Reporter: Sally Delta

Appomattox, VA - It's been six years in the making and Saturday the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox held its grand opening ceremony.

"It's a great day in Appomattox's history, much as it was many years ago when the Civil War ended here," said Gary Tanner, Vice Chair, Appomattox Board of Supervisors.

In 1865, Appomattox is where our nation reunited.Now, the new Museum of the Confederacy is bringing people back together.

"People from all over the world are here. I heard that someone from Tokyo was here sponsoring one of the flags," said Tanner.

People traveled from North Carolina, Maryland and Tennessee.John William Fleming drove down from West Virginia and says it's well worth the trip.

"We're just glad to be here. We feel like history is being made today," said John William Fleming, who drove from West Virginia.

Kathy and Judy Vanderwende came all the way from Pennsylvania.

"I've learned so much history in the past two days; it's just overwhelming," said Judy.

"People from the West should really come East, because of all of this history of the Civil War," said Kathy.

One group came all the way from Richmond to share their opinion on the museum's decision not to fly a confederate flag on museum grounds. Across the street from the museum, an organization called Virginia Flaggers stood in protest.

"It's pretty obvious that the way you honor a confederate soldier is to fly his flag and that's what we want to see," said Susan Hathaway, member of Virginia Flaggers.

Despite the protestors' reasons for showing up, the museum is bringing people in.And that's good news for locals because tourism is the second largest industry in Virginia - a trend that many expect will continue.

"The construction of the museum created dozens of jobs, the operation will create dozens of jobs, and will have a significant economic impact on the on this part of Central Virginia for many, many years to come," said Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.

The museum will be open every day from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., excluding holidays.

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