DURHAM, NC April 22, 2013 — The Civil War savaged lives yet secured the future of generations in North Carolina and the nation, and altered the course of American history. The injustices faced by African Americans were some of the most significant factors leading to the American Civil War (1861-1865). The fight for liberation is just one of the aspects depicted in the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” which will visit the Durham County Public Library on Roxboro Street from May 1-29.
“The Civil War occurred when photography was just becoming popular and became the first conflict to be widely recorded in this manner,” explains N.C. State Historic Sites Division Director Keith Hardison. “Battlefield images fascinated the public and acquainted them, in a dramatic way, with the horrors of war. The ‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’ exhibit presents images that compare and contrast the conditions of war, then and now.”
The exhibit will honor North Carolinians and their dedication throughout the Civil War with images gathered from the State Archives , the N.C. Museum of History and State Historic Sites. A total of 24 images will be displayed by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 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.
One of the images, “Mourning Ring,” shows a ring made from a kind of rubber easily carved by a captured Confederate soldier. This ring features mother-of-pearl and gold inlay, but the rings also were made of different materials. They were worn by fashionable Southern women in memory of loved ones who were away fighting or who had died in the war.
For information on the Durham exhibit call the library at (919) 560-0100. For information on the statewide tour call Cultural Resources at (919) 807-7389. For more on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.