Fort Fisher launches exhibit showing Lumbee Tribe’s role in Civil War site

PLEASURE ISLAND — The Fort Fisher State Historic Site will debut a new exhibit June 29, depicting the contributions and stories of the Lumbee Tribe’s impact on the local Civil War site. In the exhibit, “A Memory A People Could Not Forget: Lumbee Indians at Fort Fisher,” visitors will learn about the forced, unpaid labor of Lumbees during the Civil War and how the Confederacy conscripted Native and African Americans to build Fort Fisher.

Guest-curated by the Museum of the Southeastern American Indian and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the exhibit explores how the Lumbees — who weren’t allowed to enlist in the military — endured brutal working conditions along the “Gibraltar of the South.” The exhibit consists of photographs, maps, diagrams, and text, on display for all visitors to Fort Fisher State Historic Site (1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. S, Kure Beach, N.C.), which is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR).

“NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development,” according to a press release.

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