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Chatham Community Library to Host Part II of Program On the Titanic: The Halifax Dead Speak

Post Date:04/01/2019 4:24 PM

Dr. Melinda Ratchford will return to the Chatham Community Library on Thursday, April 11, to present the second installment of her program on the RMS Titanic beginning at 6:30 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.  In "The Halifax Dead Speak", Dr. Ratchford will use multimedia and memorabilia to tell the stories of just a few who perished at sea;

  • Body #4 – male – estimated age 2.  HAIR – Fair, CLOTHING – grey
  • Coat with fur on collar and cuffs; brown serge frock; brown petticoat; flannel garment; pink woolen singlet; brown shoes and stockings

After traveling to Halifax and visiting the graves of the 336 bodies recovered, Dr. Ratchford learned that even after a tragedy such as the Titanic sinking, the stories of heroism, cowardice, common sense, faith and hope, live on.  Learn about how the brave sailors from the Canadian CS Mackay Bennett, the Minia,and Monmangy assisted in the recovery efforts; the newly devised and detailed numbering system to identify bodies and safeguard personal possession; and how to determine whether to bury someone in the Catholic, Protestant or Jewish cemetery and other intriguing issues that survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic


This event is free and open to the public and is made possible with funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council.






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