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Cape Fear Museum sends Confederate flag away for preservation

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Cape Fear Museum is saying good bye for a while to a few pieces of Wilmington's history. With gloves on and ready to pack, museum staff wrapped, packed and boxed the second of two Civil War-era flags today. They're going to Minnesota on Monday to be conserved. The staff worked Friday morning to pack up a Confederate national flag that was made by local women and flew over Fort Fisher before the Union captured it in 1865 and sent the flag up north.

The museum applied for a grant to the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help pay for the conservation project. The artifacts cannot be put on display before being conserved, because they're too fragile.

"They will be vacuumed to remove any dirt particulates, have a little spot cleaning, remove old repairs that are not good and she's going to do some consolidation and get them looking good and stable so we can put them on exhibit when they come back to us," curator Barbara Rowe said.

The museum will send off a Confederate commander's uniform next year for conservation. The museum hopes to have all three pieces on display by November 2012.

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