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Old Governor's Mansion hosts reenactment

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In celebration of Georgia College Family Day and Deep Roots Festival, the Old Governor’s Mansion will host a reenactment Saturday of the 1864 viewing of Lt. Col. John Brown

Brown was the brother of Gov. Joseph E. Brown who served the state from 1857 to 1865.

Lt. Col. Brown died in July 1864 in the Mansion of a gunshot wound suffered in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and his body lay in state within the Mansion rotunda.

Actors will portray Gov. Brown and his first lady, Elizabeth Brown. Other actors will portray both civilian and military of civilian guest during a mourning scene.

A c.1860 coffin will be used as a centerpiece of the interpretation to represent Lt. Col. Brown’s lying in state within the Mansion’s rotunda.  Actors also will portray the honor guard.

“This program will provide a rather unique opportunity to see a historically accurate mourning scene,” said Mansion Curator Matt Davis. “Funeral practices and the period of mourning had a unique flavor during the 19th century.”

The Mansion will be open for tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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