Civil War Chaplains Museum
Front of Civil War Chaplains Museum
Mural and Wax Figure inside the Museum
An exhibit that details the African American chaplains in the Civil War
Dr. Rowlette giving a lecture at the Civil War Chaplains Museum
The Civil War Chaplains Museum on LU's East Campus
Backstory and Context
The Civil War Chaplains Museum was founded in 2005 by Dr. Kenny G. Rowlette, who taught at Liberty University for over 30 years. Rowlette taught English at LU and has a profound love for American and Civil War History, even creating a course that focused on the literature of the Civil War. Dr. Rowlette was also director of the National Civil War Chaplains Research and Museum Foundation. He also worked on special projects for the Jerry Falwell Library and helped coordinate Liberty’s Civil War Seminar which occurs each spring. Dr. Rowlette passed away in October of 2018, leaving behind an amazing legacy at Liberty.
The museum includes information about ministers, Catholic priests, rabbis, women and African Americans who served as chaplains for the United States and the Confederacy. The museum also preserves artifacts that show the influence on the lives of soldiers. Special importance is also given to the United States Christian Commission, which paved the way for the USO and Red Cross organizations. The Civil War Chaplains Museum has multimedia learning, including documentaries, displays, murals, and a research library.
The museum has had three locations its first in the Arthur S. Demoss Hall Learning Center. It was then relocated to Liberty University’s East Campus, attached to Doc’s Diner, a dining location at LU. The space is now extra seating at the dining facility. The museum now sits in the old servants quarters of Montview Mansion by the Hancock Welcome Center, where it continues to operate.
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