Thursday, June 30, 2011

King, Harnett Libraries To Display Civil War Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit

RALEIGH – The Civil War savaged lives yet secured the future of generations in North Carolina and the rest of the nation, and altered the course of American history. The fight for liberation is just one of many moving features of the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit,” ( which will visit the King Public Library from July 2-29 and the Harnett County Public Library in Lillington from July 5-29.

“The Civil War was the first war widely covered with photography,” explains Deputy Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Crow of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. “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.”

The exhibit will commemorate the bravery and resiliency of North Carolinians throughout the Civil War with stimulating 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 Culture Resources ( in 50 libraries throughout the state from April 2011 through May 2013. A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further info rmation and also seeking viewer comments.

North Carolina sent more troops to the war than any other Confederate state. The Tar Heel state also suffered the greatest losses at Gettysburg , Pa. , where one in four of Confederates who died was from North Carolina . The North Carolina Monument at Gettysburg was dedicated on July 3, 1929, to honor the 14,147 men North Carolina contributed to the Army of Northern Virginia.

For info rmation on the exhibit call the King Public Library at (336) 983-3868 or the Harnett County Public Library at (910) 893-3446. For tour info rmation, call (919) 807-7389.

The Civil War Sesquicentennial observance is organized by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, 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

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