(Elizabeth City) North Carolina’s key themes for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War are freedom, sacrifice, and memory. The Museum of the Albemarle is in the planning stages of an exhibit that will narrate the stories of individuals who lived, served, and sacrificed during this period of conflict. The soil on which they fought and the memories of their fight will be interwoven along with the ships that plied the regional waterways and the plantations and farms where they worked.
During the Civil War, the Albemarle region experienced economic and political turmoil, loss, and divided allegiances. More than 125,000 North Carolinians served with the Confederacy and as many as 15,000 served in Union regiments. In the end, almost 35,000 North Carolinian soldiers died wearing either Confederate gray or Union blue. These numbers do not begin to tell of the suffering the war caused in countless North Carolina homes. A turning point in our history, the war brought freedom to slaves, required great sacrifice by all, and left lasting memories.
The Museum is interested in learning stories through photographs about individuals from the Albemarle region who lived, served, and sacrificed during the Civil War. If you have a photograph that we could scan, please contact Wanda Stiles, Curator, at 252-331-4033 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. All scans will be made Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm from March 14 through March 31, 2011. Please bring your original image and a hard copy of your ancestor’s “story” when you come for your appointment.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the NC. 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 is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com