State of North Carolina

06/20/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/21/2024 00:19

History for Lunch Legacies of Survival: Enslaved People's Journeys through the Civil War

Thursday, June 20, 2024

History for Lunch Legacies of Survival: Enslaved People's Journeys through the Civil War

Jun 20, 2024

The Museum of the Albemarle will host our monthly History for Lunch on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at 12 p.m. in the Gaither Auditorium. Joshua Strayhorn, PhD, a Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow with the National Park Service, will discuss the legacies of freedom seekers in North Carolina by highlighting how enslaved people used the strategies they developed during slavery, such as running away, marronage, and resistance, to advocate for themselves during the Civil War and beyond. He will highlight how enslaved people's knowledge of the environment in and around eastern North Carolina helped them evade capture, negotiate their labor, and create freedom for themselves.

The Museum will offer the History for Lunch program in-person and through Zoom. To attend the lecture virtually, register in advance by clicking here to receive the link. Registration is not required to attend the lecture in person.

The virtual program is supported by Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.

About the Museum of the Albemarle

The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C.

Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state's cultural resources to build North Carolina's social, cultural, and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina - its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit

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Noah Janis
(252) 335-1453