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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Although area schools are out, summer is a great time to learn new things.

The UNCW Port Belles summer camp is a weeklong lesson on the vital role of women in history.

The camp began yesterday with a strong emphasis on the role women had on the revolutionary period. Today students visited the Bellamy Mansion to for hands-on experience in African-American culture.

“Today we are actually doing African-American history in Wilmington looking at antebellum slave life,” UNCW grad student Kimberly Sherman said. “They will be looking right now at the African kente cloth and just some different elements that they brought over from their culture in Africa and how that changed over time. So they’re just going to be doing some fabric weaving to get them used to the idea.”

The focus of the camp is living history. While memorization is the focal point of classroom learning, this is an opportunity to get students involved in historical aspects of everyday life.

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