OXFORD, NC — Heroic tales and valiant feats are depicted in images that reflect North Carolina’s dedication to the war in the “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit” . The Granville County Library in Oxford will host the exhibit from Dec. 1-29, sharing images and stories that capture the history and people of the Civil War (1861-1865).
“The Civil War occurred when photography was just becoming popular and became the first conflict to be widely recorded in this manner,” explains N.C. State Historic Sites Division Director Keith Hardison. “Battlefield images fascinated the public and acquainted them, in a dramatic way, with the horrors of war. The ‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’ exhibit presents images that compare and contrast the conditions of war, then and now.”
The exhibit will travel the state from April 2011 through May 2013, visiting 50 libraries and four museums with its showcase of 24 images. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with images gathered from the State Archives, the N.C. Museum of History and State Historic Sites . A notebook will accompany the exhibit with further information and seeking viewer comments.
One of the images, “Mourning Ring,” shows a ring made from a kind of rubber easily carved by a captured Confederate soldier. This ring features mother-of-pearl and gold inlay, but the rings also were made of different materials. They were worn by fashionable Southern women in memory of loved ones off fighting or who had died in the war.
For information on the exhibit call (919) 693-1121. For information on the tour call (919) 807-7389 or visit Cultural Resources online.