In January 2020, the Museum of the Cape Fear premiered the exhibit, Freedom! A Promise Disrupted: NC 1862-1901. For the last six months, due to the pandemic, no one has been able to view and learn from the exhibit. Therefore, the museum, in league with the River Jordan Committee on African American Heritage, is sponsoring a three-part virtual event, giving people a chance to view the exhibit online. We foresee participants making correlation between the three and a half decades after the Civil War (generally accepted as Reconstruction and the beginning of Jim Crow) and current events seen in our society today. Driven by the exhibit's content, the online event will allow people to share experiences and perspectives.
Part 3, "Freedom Restrained" shows the reversals of the initial freedoms granted to the former enslaved individuals due to lynching, returning to political power the former Confederates, and unjust labor contracts that kept many African Americans beholding to the former plantation owner for survival. And we will discuss questions such as:
- How do you think African Americans were able to persist and perservere through this era that was so unwelcoming and filled with one injustice after another?
- What is your perspective on political parties then and now?
- Does history provide any answers or solutions on how we can proceed as a society?
- What comparisons can be made between then and now regarding Black Lives Matter?
The series takes place on three consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 8, 15 & 22. All three events will take place via Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and you will be sent an email with the link to join. We recommend you download Zoom, but you may also be promopted asking if you would rather stay on your internet browser. You are welcome to do either.
The discussion will be led by the exhibit content. We recognize the topic of Reconstruction and the post-Civil War era can be uncomfortable and heighten emotions. We expect a civil conversation with respect to others and their opinions. The moderators reserve the right to mute or disconnect anyone for yelling, using derogatory language, or becomes angry at other participants.History has the ability to help us understand our society. Open discussions are vital to understanding the past, the present and each other.
The River Jordan Council on African American Heritage collects, preserves and interprets the history and heritage of African Americans in the Cape Fear Region of North Carolina for the educational benefit of present and future generations that all may understand how the past influences the present.