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"Negro Troops in the Civil War", 1887

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At a moment when the bitterness of race prejudice is
shown in the recent school controversies in Kansas, Indi-
ana, and Ohio, reminding us of the old Free States that we
cannot consistently reproach our brethren of the old Slave
States with…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case in "Living Together," 2013

Exhibit displays such as this one in “Living Together” provided an important historical contextualization for the following exhibit, “North Carolina in Crisis.” By exploring provocative themes of violence, oppression, resistance, and…

Michael Moore, Exhibit display in "North Carolina in Crisis," 2013

A life-size statue of a weeping widow in front of a graveyard sat at the conclusion of “North Carolina in Crisis.” While the power of such an object effectively conveyed the psychological toll of death and destruction in the wake of the war, its…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case (2) in "North Carolina and the Civil War," 2013

Weaponry displayed in “The Civil War in North Carolina” no doubt remained a proverbial crowd-pleaser, but did little to add to the interpretive efforts as expressed in text panels.

Michael Moore, Exhibit panel (2) in "Real to Reel," 2013


Gone with the Wind premiered at Loew's Grand Theatre in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. Two thousand guests were invited, including most of the main cast, southern dignitaries, and surviving Confederate soldiers. Leslie Howard returned to England at…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case in "North Carolina in Crisis," 2013

This mannequin presents a powerful image to the visitor who might expect interpretive efforts to be entirely focused on the Civil War as experienced by white Southerners. This case does represent, however, only a portion of the comprehensive black…

Michael Moore, Exhibit panel in "North Carolina in Crisis," 2013


North Carolina's Federal Soldiers Although North Carolina was a Confederate state, as many as 10,000 Tar Heels served in the state's four white Union regiments, and more than 5,000 blacks joined four African American Federal regiments. White…

Michael Moore, Exhibit case in "North Carolina and the Civil War," 2013

Material artifacts in the exhibit also mask efforts to seriously question the ideology of Confederate soldiers. In this case, battlefield hospitals are highlighted through the inclusion of surgical instruments, a crutch, and a prosthetic leg. When…

Michael Moore, Exhibit panel in "North Carolina and the Civil War," 2013


1863: A Year of Carnage "Our N.C. troops behaved most nobly....My Brigade behaved magnificently and got cup up terribly." --Brigadier General William Dorsey Pender, May 7, 1863 The intensity of the battles that North Carolina soldiers fought in…

Michael Moore, Costumes in "From Real to Reel: The Making of Gone with the Wind," 2013

The majority of “From Real to Reel” follows the production process behind Gone with the Wind. Featured artifacts include costumes, posters, production notes, and film props. Functioning more as a temple for movie fans than a dialectic for Civil…