Events . . .



Photo Exhibit

In observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-1865), the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has organized the Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit to travel the state from April 1, 2011, through spring 2013 as part of its commemoration.

Exhibit Venues and Schedule

Lay Down My Burden: Freedom and Legacies of the Civil War
A Conference to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
October17-18, 2013

Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a conference will be held on the theme of Freedom, in Winston-Salem in conjunction with Wake Forest University . . . Read More.

Contested Past: Memories and Legacies of the Civil War
A Conference to Commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of History
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 20, 2011

On May 20, 1861, delegates meeting in the State Capitol voted to take North Carolina out of the Union and align with the Confederate States of America. For the next four years North Carolinians, other Southerners, and those in the North engaged in a protracted and calamitous war touching every part of society. As it has for generations, the Civil War engages and fascinates students of history, like no other topic. The generation that took part in the conflict organized reunions and erected monuments to commemorate their achievements. African Americans, promised the rights of citizenship during the Reconstruction era, saw those rights stripped away by Jim Crow legislation. The centennial of the war coincided with the apex of the civil rights movement. Today the nation still is divided along partisan lines with the rancor of debates rivaling those of the nineteenth century . . . Read More.


During the Sesquicentennial, there will be three symposiums centered around the commemoration's three main themes:

1. Memory
Host: North Carolina Museum of History
Raleigh, N.C. May 20, 2011
Keynote Speaker: David Blight, Yale University

2. Freedom
Host: Wake Forest University
October 17-18 2013
Keynote Speakers: Thavolia Glymph and Hari Jones

3. Sacrifice
Host: Possibly UNC-Wilmington
Wilmington, N.C. May 2015
Keynote Speaker: to be announced

Past Events . . .

February 6, 2010 Museum of the Albemarle Civil War Living History Days Lectures . (Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle featured three lectures on Saturday, February 6th during the Museum's Civil War Living History Day. Bruce Long presented "The Destruction of the 'Mosquito Fleet'." This small force of lightly armed Confederate vessels helped defend the North Carolina coast and inland waterways. It was all but destroyed during the Union's Burnside Expedition.

February 12, 2009 The Lincoln Bicentennial: A Symposium. North Carolina Museum of History. This program commemorated the 200th birthday of the sixteenth President and contrasted the leadership styles of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Speakers were Dr. Paul Escott of Wake Forest University, Dr. Jospeh T. Glatthaar of UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Loren Schweninger of UNC-Greensboro, Dr. John David Smith of UNC-Charlotte, Dr. William Harris of N.C. State University, and Dr. Heather Williams of UNC-Chapel Hill. This program was offered in cooperation with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr Jeffrey J. Crow, Deputy Secretary, Archives and History, is North Carolina's state liaison to this commission.

December 1, 2008 Raleigh's Own President: Andrew Johnson 12:00 p.m., State Capitol. Jefferson Davis and Andrew Johnson were born in 1808. A program in the House chamber of the State Capitol, featuring Dan Carter of the University of South Carolina, commemorated Johnson (a Raleigh native).

Freedom Symposium

Freedom Symposium