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Durham County Library Hosts Dr. Freddie Parker Lecture at Opening of Civil War Photography Exhibit

Program: Civil War Photography Exhibit: Freedom, Sacrifice, and Memory
Date: Monday, May 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host the NC Department of Cultural Resources exhibit, Freedom, Sacrifice, and Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography from May 5-May 29, 2013. Dr. Freddie Parker, former chair of the North Carolina Central History Department and scholar of North Carolina history, will present a lecture on the Civil War in North Carolina for the opening of the exhibit at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

The exhibit depicts the battlefield, home front, African Americans, women and soldiers. A notebook accompanying the exhibit offers sketches of generals, slaves fleeing bondage, a woman whose home became a hospital and other glimpses of lives from that turbulent time.

“The Civil War was the first war widely covered with photography,” said Deputy Secretary Dr. Jeffrey Crow of the NC Department of Cultural Resources. “The Freedom, Sacrifice, and Memory exhibit provides images of historic figures, artifacts and documents that brought the reality of the war from the battlefront to the home front.”

The Department of Cultural Resources commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with images gathered from the State Archives, the NC Museum of History and State Historic Sites. Durham County Library will be the last stop of the exhibit’s two-year journey around the state, showcasing 24 images in 50 libraries and four museums.

Dr. Parker is a member of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, the Organization of American Historians, and the Southern Historical Association. He is a recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award, and a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

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