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This nine-foot tall sculpture photographed at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, honors black soldiers and civilians that fought for their freedom and in support of the Union. The statue depicts three figures - two Union soldiers representing the 1st and 3d Mississippi Infantry, African Descent, and participated in the Vicksburg campaign, and the third figure, right, is a civilian laborer. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Civil War anniversary holds mixed emotions

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be an

angst-filled task in Mississippi, with its long history of racial strife

and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.