CWPT Mourns Loss of Preservation Advocate Jody Powell
CWPT Board Member was a Civil War Battlefield Preservation Leader
The Civil War Preservation Trust mourns the loss of trustee and friend Jody Powell. Although Mr. Powell is best known as press secretary for Governor and then President Jimmy Carter, Jody has long been a passionate advocate for historic preservation.
Jody was one of the leaders in the nationwide campaign that eventually prevented the construction of a Disney theme park near the Manassas Battlefield in the mid-1990s. In addition, Jody lent his media expertise to countless battlefield preservation struggles, including debates over development on the Chancellorsville Battlefield and a casino at Gettysburg. Fans of the Ken Burns’ series The Civil War will recognize his famous voice as one of narrators.
The Civil War Preservation Trust will miss Jody’ leadership, public relations savvy, wit and charm. His passing leaves a void within the battlefield preservation community. CWPT’s Board of Trustees, members and staff wish to express our deepest sympathy to Jody’s wife Nan and his family. Although he is gone, Jody’s passion for preservation and history will continue to inspire others to protect our nation’s unique Civil War history.