As a retired university professor, I was very excited to learn that a full-size replica of the Hunley—a vessel that was a significant first step in the development of submarines—was going to be on display in Mathews Court House. On Saturday, Oct. 22, when I went to see it, I was impressed with the presentation of the exhibit and with the learning potential afforded by all the detailed written documentation, photographs, and even an expert standing by to answer questions.
Understandably, I was terribly disappointed when I learned that although they had originally arranged to have the display in the elementary school parking lot on Friday so students could benefit, this plan was later scuttled by the school. To make the best of this bad situation, the display was set up very near the school on Saturday. Although it was heartening to see many family groups attending on Saturday, I cannot understand why the students of Mathews were denied easy Friday access....
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