The Wayne County Museum plans to present its annual Black history exhibit — Fighting for Freedom: The 135th USCT, Black Soldiers of the Civil War — at 10 a.m. Feb. 20.
On opening day, at 1 p.m., a local re-enactment will introduce visitors to these brave African-American soldiers and help tell their stories.
The exhibit is free to the public and will run from Feb. 20-May 1 at the museum located on 116 N. William St.
Exhibit-goers can explore a part of Goldsboro’s Black Civil War history. The 135th was one of the many US “Colored” troops in the Union Army who fought against the confederacy and slavery. This Black infantry division was enlisted in Goldsboro and marched with General Sherman’s troops.
“Our goal is to honor the ex-slaves and freed men of color that chose to be part of the Union Army in order to help end the war and advance their families to freedom,” said Amy Bauer, USCT research team member and local author of the book “Where Eagles Come From,” that documents the 135th USCT.
Artifacts and documents related to the 135th USCT and Civil War will be on display.
In addition, there will be related special events, presentations and speakers occurring periodically throughout the four-month long duration of the exhibit.
For more information, visit www.waynemuseum.org or www.135usct.org.