Next Installment of African American Lecture Series Comes to Tryon Palace July 19

Tryon Palace - New Bern, North Carolina

Tryon Palace – New Bern, North Carolina

NEW BERN – On Thursday, July 19, Tryon Palace hosts LeRae Umfleet as she presents her lecture “Differing Views, NC Women on the Homefront 1860 – 1865.” The lecture is at 7:00 p.m. in the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, 529 S. Front Street in New Bern. Admission is free.

Learn about the various experiences of North Carolina women during the Civil War by hearing the stories of coastal women in comparison to the experiences of their piedmont and mountain counterparts. The experiences of African American women such as Elizabeth Keckly and Mary Jane and Sarah Connor of New Bern will be highlighted.

LeRae S. Umfleet is chief of collections management for the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UNC – Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in history from East Carolina University. In 2007, she received the American Association for State and Local History’s Award of Merit and WOW Award for her work on the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Report.

For more information, visit or contact Sharon Bryant at 252-639-3592. For those guests who are hard of hearing, special devices are available. Please contact Sharon 48 hours in advance of the performance to make arrangements.