Fort Wright closes James A. Ramage Civil War Museum at Battery Hooper

Fort Wright closes James A. Ramage Civil War Museum at Battery Hooper


The city of Fort Wright has closed its Civil War Museum.

The closure is permanent if Mayor David Hatter has his way.

Battery Hooper Park, where the museum is located remains open, Hatter said.

The city is looking into the museum’s operations and is in the early stages of exploring potential park improvements, the mayor said.

Members of the 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery Battalion cover their ears as the 5th Ohio Light Artillery cannon fires during Battery Hooper Days at the James A. Ramage Civil War Museum.

An Aug. 25 executive order from Hatter closed the museum that day, and ordered all keys be turned over to the city.

Hatter’s order closing the museum listed multiple reasons including improper handling and accounting of cash donations made to the museum, parking infractions during the recent Battery Hooper Days, and a communication breakdown between the city staff and city’s museum board.

Bernie O’Bryan, volunteer board president for the city’s James A. Ramage Civil War Museum, is among the locked-out keyholders. He was appointed by the city to help run the museum and has been a volunteer since it opened in 2005.



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