AUGUST 2012: TheVoices of the Civil War is a five-year film series dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the Civil War over the course of the sesquicentennial.Each month, new episodes cover pertinent topics that follow the monthly events and issues as they unfolded for African Americans during the Civil War. Within these episodes there are various primary sources – letters and diaries, newspaper reports, and more - to recount various experiences of blacks during this period.We encourage your feedback and commentary through our Voices of the Civil War web blog.
In episode 7, we visit the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where cotton production flourished during slavery. As the Civil War unfolds, the islands become the site of the Battle of Port Royal on November 7, 1861. Armies attack, slave masters flee, and cotton and slaves remain, once again, left with the dust from where the cannon fire settles. The battle, originally a conflict over Southern seaports, becomes a training ground for future reconstruction and what to do with those enslaved.
1 Library of Congress 2 Hagley Museum and Library 3-5 Library of Congress 6 Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library/University of Georgia Libraries 7 Library of Congress 8 House Divided Project, Dickinson College 9 Library of Congress 10 Duke University 11-12 Library of Congress 13 From the collection of Dr. Peter Keim, Austin, Texas 14 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 15 -23 Library of Congress
Welcome to the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience! The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. Some of the museum’s features include:
• 125,000 square feet and seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their stories
• The Children’s Discovery Room, an interactive, multimedia experience for preschool through 3rd grade students
• The Louise Lovett Wright Library and Robert L. Hurst Research Center
• "Ring of Genealogy," a 37-foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans
• The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 65-foot high glass dome; this architectural wonder is two feet wider than the State Capitol dome
• The General Motors Theater, a 317 seat facility for film, live performances, lectures, and presentations
• A museum store that sells authentic African art, books, and other merchandise.
Founded in 1965 by Detroit obstetrician Dr. Charles Wright, The Wright Museum is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center, next to the Michigan Science Center and one block from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Key to the experience is "And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture," the museum's 22,000-square foot, interactive core exhibit, which attracts and enthralls thousands of visitors per year. Thousands more enjoy a wide array of spectacular events including concerts, film screenings, lectures, performances, community health and fitness classes, and so much more! All told, The Wright serves close to a half million people per year through its exhibits, programs, websites, and annual events such as African World Festival.