Posted Online: Oct. 08, 2012, 6:02 pm

RI Civil War prison documentary premieres Oct. 18, 20

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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

Heritage Documentaries will premiere a new video documentary, "The Rock Island Civil War Prison: Andersonville of the North?" Oct. 18 in Davenport and Oct. 20 in Moline.

It will be shown at 6 p.m. Oct.18 at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St.

Both events are free and open to the public

The 30-minute documentary shows the story of the prison using photos and high-definition images and tells of the life of prisoners using their own words from diaries and letters. The documentary also says the death rate at Rock Island was much lower than the death rate at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. A trailer for the documentary can be viewed at heritagedocumentaries.org/RI_Prison_Trailer.htm.

After each showing, writers/directors Ezra Sidran and Ed Isenberg will take questions from the audience. A DVD of the documentary will be available for $10.

Heritage Documentaries Inc. is a Quad-Cities-based nonprofit organization that creates documentaries, books and programs telling stories of diverse peoples, places and events of the past and present.