Paula Metzner, Kalamazoo Valley Museum assistant director for collections, takes down a Civil War drum inscribed on the top "Benj. S. Goins old army drummer and fifer," one of several Civil War drums in the museum's collection. Goins, was an African-American soldier from Covert during the Civil War. When the drum was given to the museum in the 1940s, Goins' grandson said his grandfather carried it during Sherman's March to the Sea.
Source: A 'collection of curiosities': the Kalamazoo Valley Museum is home to an eclectic assemblage of historical artifacts
by Paula M. Davis | Kalamazoo Gazette
Monday December 01, 2008, 1:00 PM