RALEIGH – Determination, commitment and pride are among many characteristics of North Carolinians depicted in the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” (www.nccivilwar150.com).The exhibit commemorates the state’s role in the Civil War (1861-1865), a defining period in United States history. It will be shown at the Warren County Memorial Library in Warrenton Nov. 1-28.
“The Civil War occurred when photography was just becoming popular so was the first conflict to be widely recorded in this manner,” explains N.C. State Historic Sites Division Director Keith Hardison. “Battlefield images fascinated the public and acquainted them, in a dramatic way, with the horrors of war. The ‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’exhibit presents images that compare and contrast the conditions of war, then and now.”
Images gathered from the State Archives (www.archives.ncdcr.gov), the N.C. Museum of History (www.ncmuseumofhistory.org), and State Historic Sites (www.nchistoricsites.org) will illustrate valiant members of the Confederacy, African Americans fighting for freedom, and daring women dedicated to their homes. A total of 24 images will be exhibited by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncdcr.gov) in 50 libraries throughout the state from April 2011 to spring 2013. A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further information and seeking viewer comments.
One of the images,Civil War Dress, shows a dress in the collection of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville. Writing in the bodice reads: Janie W. Robeson/1864/calico. In the hemline is written: Dress made in 1864 by “Combo,” wife of “Jim Dry,” the “carriage driver.”
For information on the Warren County exhibit, call (252) 257-4990. For information on the tour, visitwww.nccivilwar150.com or call (919) 807-7389.