What's happened to the Museum of the Confederacy?

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For more than a century, The Museum of the Confederacy’s home was in Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Housed downtown in the White House of the Confederacy, President Jefferson Davis’ home during the war, the museum, the institution has become the repository of all things relating to the Civil War. But its location in Richmond was also a problem, too: the nearby Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center kept growing and growing, literally engulfing the museum’s home.

And as time went on, fewer and fewer visitors made the trek to downtown Richmond to view the world’s premier collection of Civil War memorabilia. Last year, the museum’s board of directors approved a unique plan to take the institution into the 21st century: split up the collection over four sites in the state and create a “distributed museum,” in the jargon of the museum industry.

That was good news for Appomattox, the home of the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park where Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Gen. U.S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac in April 1865. Officials soon announced that Appomattox would be the site of one of the four museum, along with Fort Monroe in Tidewater, the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond and the Fredericksburg area.

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