Pasquotank-Camden Library to Display Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit


ELIZABETH CITY – Determination, commitment and pride are among many characteristics of North Carolinians depicted in the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit. The exhibit commemorates North Carolina’s role in the Civil War (1861-1865). It will visit the Pasquotank-Camden Library at 100 East Colonial Avenue, Elizabeth City, from Aug. 5-29.

A Tea Social, on Aug. 5, at 2:30 p.m., will launch the exhibit and also a reading series, “Let’s Talk About It:  Making Sense of the American Civil War.”  Visitors can meet North Carolina Humanities Scholar Dr. Hillary Green, brose the exhibit, and also meet re-enactors Frank Parrish and Mark Maland, who will portray Generals Lee and Grant, respectively, in a dramatic reading narrated by Tom Cherry.

“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 N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Images gathered from the State Archives, the N.C. Museum of History, and State Historic Sites will illustrate valiant members of the Confederacy, African Americans fighting for freedom, and daring women dedicated to the South. A total of 24 images will be exhibited by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources in 50 libraries and four museums throughout the state from April 2011 to May 2013. A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further information and seeking viewer comments.

Amidst the photos will be an image from the battle at Fort Fisher, Parapet Position, which shows a re-enactment of Union soldiers advancing over the parapets at Fort Fisher in the march to take the fort and also cut off the supply lines to the Confederate Army before capturing Wilmington.

For information on the exhibit call (252) 335-2473.  For information on the tour visit www.nccivilwar150.com or call (919) 807-7389.