Museum Exhibits

Special Exhibit

February 3 - May 27, 2018

1867: Deeds Not Words, The Origins of Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 with a multi-media exhibit entitled 1867: Deeds Not Words, The Origins of Fayetteville State University. Originally displayed at the university, the travelling exhibit will open February 3 through May 27, 2018 at the Museum of the Cape Fear and features photographs, panels, and video interviews that tell the story of the University’s founding. Deeds Not Words takes viewers on a trip back in time to explore what life was like for Fayetteville’s African American community in 1867.

“The exhibition, even though it is about the history of the founding of the University, also examines what African Americans were experiencing in North Carolina at the time,” says Dwight Smith, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts. “The seven founders we are talking about were really the pinnacle of society. They were very well-respected individuals and were not poor people. They were really advancing the cause of African American culture and education.”

Permanent Exhibit Galleries

Explore two floors of exhibits that tell the story of southern North Carolina from the American Indians to an early 20th century general store. Four hundred years of history await you...

American Indians

Early Exploration & Settlement

Naval Stores



A General Store