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The Civil War comes alive at Bonita Lakes Mall

By Staff
LIVING HISTORY Steve Gipson, left, and Brad Mattox perform Saturday night in "The Great Civil War Exposition and Living History Show." Gipson and Mattox took their show to the Bonita Lakes Mall this weekend; the last performances are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today in the mall near J.C. Penney. Photo by Carisa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Chris Allen Baker / staff writer
March 10, 2002
Dressed in Union blue and Confederate gray, Steve Gipson and Brad Mattox gave Bonita Lakes Mall shoppers on Saturday a glimpse of American history.
The two set up a Civil War military camp in the middle of the mall near J.C. Penney. There, they staged the fictional story of two brothers who fought on opposites in the war.
Gipson and Mattox, an Arley, Ala., resident, travel with their show "The Great Civil War Exposition and Living History Show" to shopping malls, schools and colleges across the country.
This weekend, Gipson and Mattox are visiting Bonita Lakes Mall. The two will be at the mall today their last day with 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances.
Gipson wears blue, Mattox wears gray. Their stage has two tents surrounded by authentic 1850s camp and military gear and historical flags that flew before and during the Civil War.
Gipson and Mattox tell stories of how the United States began and the events that led to the war.
Mattox, an actor who has been part of the show for last three years after working in Denver oil fields, said the reaction of the people is the best part.
Leslie Jenkins, a Meridian resident who sat through the 3 p.m. show Saturday, called the performance informative.

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