RALEIGH– Heroic tales and valiant feats are depicted in images that reflect North Carolina’s dedication to the war in the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit. The Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library in Edenton will host the exhibit from Sept. 1-28, sharing images and stories that capture the history and people of the Civil War (1861-1865).
“The Civil War was the first war widely covered with photography. The Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory exhibit provides images of historic figures, artifacts, and documents that brought the reality of the war from the battlefront to the home front, then and now,” explains Deputy Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Crow of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources will display 24 images from the State Archives, the N.C. Museum of History and State Historic Sites. Between April 2011 and spring 2013, 50 libraries and four museums will showcase “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” offering visuals that present gallant women, African American triumph and the perseverance of Confederate soldiers. A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further information and seeking viewer comments.
One of the images is a portrait of Parker D. Robbins, who grew up in a community known as the Winton Triangle along the Chowan River, and joined the U.S. Colored Troops during the war. Robbins represented Bertie County in the House of Representatives after the war, and later moved to Duplin County where he was a builder and inventor.
The unique exhibit will share the history from regions across North Carolina, and educate viewers about the hardships and resolve of North Carolinians during this pivotal time in United States history.
For information on the hours call (252) 482-4112. For tour information visit the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial website or call (919) 807-7389.