Exhibit on slaves in NC on display at transportation museum

SPENCER, N.C. (AP) – The N.C. Transportation Museum is observing the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as passage of the 13th Amendment with an exhibit of the struggles of slaves in the state.

The recently installed Freedom Coming, Freedom for All exhibit includes items on loan from the N.C. Museum of History. The exhibit is on display in conjunction with the replica Lincoln Funeral Train and Leviathan locomotive tour stop in Spencer beginning on Friday.

The “Freedom” exhibit is part of the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War led by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Western North Carolina was a hiding area for runaway slaves during the Civil War, and although not the setting of many military battles, an intense and violent guerrilla war raged there.

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