Cameron Art Museum hosts living history demonstration by United States Colored Troops

USCT reenactors at the Cameron Art Museum on February 19, 2022 (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY) — The Cameron Art Museum on Saturday presented a “Living History of the Battle of Forks Road,” honoring United States troops of color.

United States Colored Troops Reenactors from Battery B 2nd United States Colored Light Artillery, USCT 35th Regiment Tryon Palace New Bern and 5th USCT Company C for Living History held demonstrations on the grounds of the museum, where the Battle of Forks Road took place . There was a dance, poetry and storytelling show inside the museum.

Attendees of the event were able to learn more about the Civil War and how USCT lived and worked during the war.

“Much of this information is not available to our students, to our ordinary citizens, because it has simply not been taught and we are not aware of it, but since I am aware of it , we share this information and it’s always amazing a lot of people who observe these kinds of events,” said Bernard George, USCT reenactor.

The United States Colored Troops public program series also included a “Boundless” panel discussion with artist Stephen Hayes, creator of the infinity, the US Colored Troops statue located at CAM, representatives from the North Carolina Arts Council and the NAACP, as well as the Executive Director of Cam.


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