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13th Amendment Exhibit at CSS Neuse Interpretive Center June 21, 2014

KINSTON, N.C. — The members of Kinston’s 37th United States Colored Troops Infantry Regiment re-enactor group will post the colors for the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ exhibit of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution Saturday, June 21, at the new CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center at 100 N. Queen St. in Kinston. The program begins at 10 a.m. and the exhibit is available for viewing until 5 p.m.

“The 13th Amendment wasn’t just a symbol of freedom; it was indissoluble proof that equality means nothing if it is not meant for all,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this rare exhibition to view one of the most important documents in our history.” Accompanying the exhibit will be two artifacts of a shoe and shackles related to enslaved North Carolinians.

The 13th Amendment is the actual legal document that abolished slavery in all of America. The Emancipation Proclamation issued Jan. 1, 1863, was a military strategy to weaken the Confederacy, but did not permanently end slavery. The 13th Amendment was ratified by North Carolina Dec. 4, 1865. It was adopted and added to the US Constitution Dec. 18, 1865. The fragile document is touring select state historic sites in June on its first travel outside of Raleigh.

Community leaders are expected to address the audience on the importance of the 13th Amendment in African American history. Earl Ijames, curator, N.C. Museum of History; Linda Lanier, Kinston NAACP; and Sammy Aiken, Kinston City Council are among the featured speakers. Rev. Evelyn Dove will make a special “spoken word” presentation sure to delight and educate. Come and bring your family and friends.

For more information, please call the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center at (252) 526-9600 or visit www.ncdcr.gov/Junteenth. The CSS Neuse is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The traveling exhibit is a collaboration between the State Archives, Division of State Historic Sites, Museum of History and the N.C. African-American Heritage Commission.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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