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Museum plans Black History Month exhibit

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Published in News on February 8, 2011 1:46 PM

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Jimmie Nelson views the "Civil War to Civil Rights" exhibit at the Wayne County Museum. The exhibit, which opened this past weekend, features several sections of black history, including military, sports and education. It will be on display until the middle of April. The museum will sponsor several events this month in observance of Black History Month. Mayor Al King will speak tonight at 7. (See story on Page 3A.)

The Wayne County Museum opened a Black History Month exhibit this past weekend titled "Civil War to Civil Rights," a look at the black American experience from the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 through the Civil Rights Movement and the present day.

Goldsboro Mayor Al King will speak at the museum tonight at 7.

A series of other events also are planned.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, Philip McCaskey, a history instructor at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, will speak on Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and its impact on America, starting at 2 p.m.

A musical event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., featuring the First African Baptist Church Chancel Choir with pastor Dr. Lewis Lee Jr. The choir is under the direction of minister of music Lori Grant.

On Saturday, Feb. 26, Wilbert Barnes, a member of the executive committee of the Wayne County NAACP, will speak at 2 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 1, Bamidele Demerspm, curator and program director of the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, will present a program at 6:30 p.m.

The library is open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the museum by calling 734-5023 or e-mailing waynecounty museum@bellsouth.net.