From the robust public discussion about North Carolina’s legacy of Civil War monuments, it’s clear that – a century and a half after its close – we’re still sorting out how to make sense of that war and memorialize those who fought it.
Our state’s Civil War history is complicated and full of nuance: of soldiers who fought for both the Union and the Confederacy; of enslaved people for whom the invasion meant freedom; of free persons of color caught in the middle of warring armies; and of women and families left behind to fend for themselves.
This many-faceted legacy is what the North Carolina Civil War History Center in Fayetteville is all about. Groundbreaking is slated for next spring.
It’s different, in that it will be a “teaching museum” rather than a “collecting museum.” And it will go well beyond Fayetteville, because it has one of the nation’s first digital master plans to make interpretive resources available to all.
The $65 million Center is being funded through a private-public partnership and will be …
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