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North Carolina Civil War Commemorative Exhibit Open in Davie, Edgecombe Libraries July 2-29

A selection of 24 images will be exhibited by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources on simultaneous eastern and western routes across the state, part of a three-year tour of public libraries and museums.

PRLog - June 26, 2012 - RALEIGH, N.C. -- RALEIGH, N.C. – Destruction was felt around homes and communities as backyards were turned into battlefields in North Carolina during the Civil War (1861-1865). Widespread suffering impacted all North Carolinians regardless of race, class and gender. The involvement of Confederate soldiers, African Americans and women is depicted in the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” (www.nccivilwar150.com) which will visit Davie County Public Library in Mocksville and the Edgecombe County Library in Tarboro from July 2-29.

“The Civil War was the first war widely covered with photography,” explains Deputy Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Crow of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. “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.”

The exhibit will honor North Carolinians and their dedication throughout the Civil War with images gathered from the State Archives (www.archives.ncdcr.gov), the N.C. Museum of History (www.ncmuseumofhistory.org), and State Historic Sites (www.nchistoricsites.org). A total of 24 images will be displayed by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com) in 50 libraries and four museums throughout the state from April 2011 through May 2013. A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further information and also seeking viewer comments.

The collection depicts those involved in the war and also includes images of artifacts and official documents. The North Carolina Monument at Gettysburg was dedicated on July 3, 1929, and recognizes the 32 North Carolina regiments in action at Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863.  The monument states that more than one fourth of the Confederate casualties at Gettysburg were North Carolina based soldiers.

For information on the exhibit call the Davie library at (336) 751-2023 or the Edgecombe library at (252) 823-1141. For tour information contact the Department of Cultural Resources at (919) 807-7389.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources:
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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