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Monday, April 27, 2015

Calendar of Events


Thurs. April 16 -- Special Exhibit Opens

Stagville: Black & White

The exhibit features black and white images taken by photographer Brenda Scott of Stagville State Historic Site in Durham, and includes 64 photographs. The photography exhibit shows the beauty and resilience of the structures and of the people who lived and worked in them. In 2011, photographer Brenda Scott began a photographic study of Stagville, which feature striking black-and-white images of the surviving 18th- and 19th- century buildings. Other photos include Horton Grove, which was home to nearly 100 enslaved people. The exhibit will run through September 13, 2015. Admission is free. You can find more information on Stagville at www.stagville.org. Call 910/486-1330 for more information.


Sat. May 9, 2:00 pm

Civil War Bands

A presentation by Dr. Robert Downing, founding director of the 11th Regiment Band. On display during the presentation will be original Civil War-era instruments as well as reproductions. Dr. Downing will discuss the role of bands and the important purpose they served. Free and open to the public. Call 910/486-1330 for more information.

Regimental Band, 11th NC Troops, founded in 1981 in Fayetteville, NC.


Sun. May 17, 2:00 pm

Whose Father Was He: The Orphans of Gettysburg

Civil War enthusiast, Dr. Matt Farina, will talk about the story of Gettysburg’s famous unknown soldier, based on author Mark Dunkelman’s research of the 154th New York Volunteer Regiment and the Brickyard Fight on July 1, 1863. After the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, an unidentified, dead Union soldier was found with an ambrotype photograph in his hands, with the images of three young children.  This image was the last image he saw before he died of his wounds.  There were no regimental or corps markings on his uniform.  He had no wallet or other identifying papers in his possession.  After Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia had retreated on the evening of July 4th, the Union Army of the Potomac had followed on July 5th.  The unidentified soldier’s comrades had left, and there was no one to identify the man or bury his body.  Members of burial details were reluctant to bury the ambrotype with his body, hoping that somehow someone would claim the image. Free and open to the public. Call 910/486-1330 for more information.

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