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New Hanover Public Library will display “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory” Civil War photo exhibit in October

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Destruction was felt around homes and communities as backyards were turned into battlefields in North Carolina during the Civil War (1861-1865). Widespread suffering impacted all North Carolinians regardless of race, class or gender. The involvement of Confederate soldiers, African Americans and women is depicted in the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit, which will visit the New Hanover Public Library Oct. 1-29. The exhibit will educate and illustrate on a difficult period in history that the nation moved beyond.

"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 North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

The exhibit will honor North Carolinians and their dedication throughout the Civil War with images gathered from the State Archives, the NC Museum of History and State Historic Sites. A total of 24 images will be displayed by the NC 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.

The collection depicts those involved in the war including images of artifacts and official documents. Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured in the exhibit, was a Confederate spy who died in the surf of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington. She was aboard the blockade runner Condor which sank, but $2,000 worth of gold around her neck weighted Greenhow down and she could not escape.

For information on the exhibit call the New Hanover County Public Library at (910) 798-6300. For tour information contact the Department of Cultural Resources at (919) 807-7389. The NC Department of Cultural Resources is the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.

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