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Reenactments draw big booms and big crowds


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The booming of cannons and popping of gunfire had some people taking cover at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington. It was the museum's 8th Annual Civil War Living History weekend.

"My sister had to cover her ears. Sometimes I closed my ears, but not a lot."

Destiny was one of many kids who bravely watched and listened as soldiers reenacted the Battle of Fork Roads on the museum's historic grounds. The actors volunteer for different reasons. Some want to honor their family members, while others just think it is important to remember the past.

"I have ancestors who were soldiers during the Civil War," said actor for the Union, Frederick E. Johnson. "I do this to keep their memory alive and also to keep history alive."

Doug Wright said we need to learn from the past.

"If you do not remember it, you are doomed to repeat it."

Either way, history buff Kimba Chery says there is something everyone can learn by being a part of Living History.

"As much as I read, as much as I am into history, I am always learning something new."

The museum will be celebrating the 148th anniversary of Battle of Forks Road through Sunday. You can find more details at

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