Tryon Palace to Host Exhibit Highlighting Emancipation of Enslaved North Carolinians

‘Freedom for All’ exhibit to be held in North Carolina History Center, Sept.5-Oct. 5

NEW BERN, NC – Sept. 5, 2014

“Freedom for All,” a traveling exhibit of illustrated informational panels that outline the struggle for freedom by the enslaved people in North Carolina and the nation, will be displayed at the North Carolina History Center from Sept. 5 to Oct. 5. The exhibit will be free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“Freedom for All” focuses on the status of slavery in North Carolina before the Civil War, events leading up to Lincoln’s issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and outcomes of the document in the state and nation. The exhibit also examines some of the differences between the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, the final Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.

“‘Freedom for All’ conveys how securing freedom was more of a process than a single act or proclamation, and the exhibit highlights North Carolina’s unique role in that process,” notes Earl Ijames, curator of African-American History at the N.C. Museum of History.

This set of graphic panels, 12 in total, has visited historic sites, museums, and libraries throughout the state and will be on display at Tryon Palace for nearly a month. The traveling exhibit is a joint project of the N.C. Museum of History and the N.C. Freedom Monument Project. The Division of State Historic Sites, which includes Tryon Palace, and the Division of State History Museums are within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Held in conjunction with this exhibit will be a special program honoring Luke Martin, Jr. of New Bern. At 97 years old, Martin is the son of Pvt. Luke Martin, Sr., who served in the North Carolina Colored Infantry during the Civil War. “Memories of an American Family: The Luke Martin Story” is a free program that will be held in Cullman Performance Hall on Thursday, Sept. 18.

For additional information, please call 252-639-3500 or visit

Other upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

Sept. 12: Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina

Sept. 19: Governor’s Challenge Cornhole Tournament

Sept. 27: Teacher Day at Tryon Palace

Sept. 27: Fall Family Day

Sept. 27: Kitchens of New Bern Tour

Oct. 10-12: MumFest Weekend

Dec. 13 and 20: Eve of Revolution: A Candlelight Celebration

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit