Fort Fisher’s African American Exhibit Opening

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During the American Civil War and World War II, Fort Fisher served as a temporary home and a pathway to freedom for many African American men. As enslaved and free laborers, freedom seekers, sailors, and soldiers, African Americans influenced the outcome of the wars and the future of the nation. Despite their diverse experiences and backgrounds, these men shared a common goal: to obtain equality and freedom for themselves and their families. Daily, they braved harsh weather, performed hard labor, and endured racial discrimination while maintaining their dignity and fighting for full citizenship. The actions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans are an important part of the history of Fort Fisher.


In late January/early February 2020, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will debut a new temporary exhibit detailing the African-American experience at Fort Fisher from 1861 to 1945. This new exhibit is phase one of a larger exhibit to be installed in the site’s future expanded visitors center. The new exhibit is the result of many hours of research, development, and exhibit design. We think you’ll find the experience as rewarding as it is educational.


All Fort Fisher programming is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Fort Fisher members, donors, and support from New Hanover County, the town of Carolina Beach, and the town of Kure Beach.

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Schedule subject to change. For program times and details, please call 910-251-7340 prior to your visit.