Officials in North Carolina have condemned plans – now canceled – on the reunification of a white slave owner by a historical museum being pursued by Union soldiers.
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Officials in North Carolina have denounced plans — now canceled — by a historical museum to reenact a white slave owner who is being chased by Union soldiers.
Reunification was set for June 19 – the traditional commemorative date of the liberation of enslaved people in the United States, known as “Juneteenth”.
Mecklenburg County officials said Friday via Twitter that the display at the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, which, among other things, would have depicted Confederate soldiers mourning the fall of the Confederacy, as previously announced, would not Will happen.
“We immediately reached out to the organizers and the event has been cancelled,” the tweet said.
The county said it has “zero tolerance” for programming that does not represent equity and diversity. As a result, the county stated that it was reviewing its contract with the facility vendor regarding future programming.
A screen grab from the museum’s website revealed that people were invited to listen to stories of an actor portraying a slave man’s owner in a one-night show, when Confederate soldiers chase people owned by slaves. Were were
Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP officials did not immediately return a phone call Friday seeking comment.
While the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the South in 1863, it was not implemented in many places until after the end of the Civil War two years later. Union troops surrendered in April 1865, but word did not reach the last enslaved black people until June 19, when Union troops brought news of freedom to Galveston, Texas.
The Plantation and Museum is described on its webpage as a circa 1800 living history museum and farm, which was once the site of a cotton plantation. It offers educational and school programs featuring animals, workshops, camps and reenactments, and the grounds include a cart barn, cabins and outbuildings.
In 2009, three black students at Union County Elementary School were selected from a group of people who were accused of portraying slaves, angering parents, and canceling future field trips to the site. was on a trip to Bagan to lead the