The Wayne County Museum will be presenting their annual Black History exhibit in collaboration with the USCT Research Team, on the little-known Black soldiers of the Civil War. The special exhibition will open on Saturday, February 20th at 10 AM. At 1 PM on opening day, local reenactors will introduce visitors to these brave African-American soldiers, and help tell their stories.
This fascinating exhibit on Black Civil War history is free to the public and will run from February 20th to May 1st at the Wayne County Museum, located in historic downtown Goldsboro at 116 N William St. More information is available at http://www.waynemuseum.org/, or http://135usct.org/, or by calling the Wayne County Museum at 919-734-5023 . Museum hours: Tues-Fri 11am-4pm/ Saturday 10am-6pm. The Wayne County Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
This exhibit will be an opportunity to explore a part of Goldsboro’s Black Civil War history that few people are aware of. The 135th was one of the many United States “Colored” Troops in the Union army who were fighting against the Confederacy and Slavery. This Black infantry division was enlisted in Goldsboro and marched with General Sherman’s troops. Amy Bauer, USCT Research Team member and local author of the book on the 135th USCT – “Where Eagles come from”, says: “Our goal is to honor the ex-slaves and freedmen of color that chose to be a part of the Union Army in order to help end the war and advance their families to freedom.”
There will be artifacts and documents of the 135th USCT and related Civil War items on display in the exhibit. In addition, there will be related special events, presentations and speakers occurring periodically throughout the 4-month long duration of the exhibit.
The Wayne County Museum’s mission is to discover, preserve, document and display artifacts and information pertaining to the heritage and history of Wayne County and its environs.