- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - About 100 people protested as a Civil War dance was held inside the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1VzmmDl ) reports that the protest on Saturday night of the sold-out fundraiser for the nonprofit Williamson Museum was peaceful. Phrases on protesters’ signs included: “History not Hatred.”

Most protesters had signed a petition saying the Old South Ball was racist and evoked memories of slavery.

Protester Rob Redick of Georgetown said the costume ball was “just not right,” adding, “hatred is not something you celebrate.”

Mickie Ross, the museum’s director, has said they weren’t promoting slavery but were “just telling the story of the people who lived here during the Civil War.”

Dance attendee Jim Rice said he was a “history buff” who saw it as an educational opportunity.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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