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Palace exhibit looks at N.C. slavery before Civil War

September 4, 2014

Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C.



Sept. 04--An exhibit that focuses on the status of slavery in North Carolina before the Civil War opens Friday at the North Carolina History Center.

"Freedom for All" is a traveling exhibit of illustrated, informational panels that outline the struggle for freedom by the enslaved people in North Carolina and the nation.

It will remain on display through Oct. 5. It is displayed in the main Mattocks Hall at the center.

The exhibit will be free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

It looks at the events leading up to President Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and outcomes of the document in the state and nation.

The exhibit also examines some of the differences between the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, the final Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.

"'Freedom for All' conveys how securing freedom was more of a process than a single act or proclamation, and the exhibit highlights North Carolina's unique role in that process," said Earl Ijames, curator of African-American History at the N.C. Museum of History.

This set of graphic panels, 12 in total, has visited historic sites, museums and libraries throughout the state and will be on display at Tryon Palace for nearly a month.

The traveling exhibit is a joint project of the N.C. Museum of History and the N.C. Freedom Monument Project.

The Division of State Historic Sites, which includes Tryon Palace, and the Division of State History Museums are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Held in conjunction with this exhibit will be a special program honoring Luke Martin Jr. of New Bern. At age 97, Martin is the son of Pvt. Luke Martin Sr., who served in the North Carolina Colored Infantry during the Civil War.

"Memories of an American Family: The Luke Martin Story" is a free program that will be held in Cullman Performance Hall on Sept. 18.

Earlier this week, the Craven County Board of Commissioners approved a proclamation designating Sept. 18 as Luke P. Martin Jr. Day in the county.

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