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‘Art of Politics’ Displays Art, Documents from Mobile’s Civil War Past

The University of Mobile’s History and Art Departments have combined forces to present “The Art of Politics: Mobile’s Civil War Past.”

The exhibit includes more than 25 hanging pieces as well as 19th-century city of Mobile documents drawn from the resources of the university’s Caldwell Delaney Historical Reference Collection as well as loans from private collectors.

Included in the display are original illustrations from Harper’s Weekly, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, The New York Herald, and the New York Tribune—all highlighting Mobile’s role in the great conflict.

Civil War era city documents include mayoral correspondence dealing with issues ranging from emergency finance measures to a license for public carriage operation.

Prints from local artists such as Fairhope’s Dean Mosher as well as rare photographs and maps are also on display.

The exhibit, located in Martin Hall on the University of Mobile campus, is free and open to the public. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through March 31. Guided tours can be arranged for individuals or groups by calling 251.442.2319.




Photo by Dr. Doug Mitchell
Exhibit at Martin Hall Gallery
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