USCT Public Sculpture - Boundless


A Public Sculpture Honoring
the United States Colored Troops
By NC Artist Stephen Hayes

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USCT Public Sculpture - Boundless

Cameron Art Museum was the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish whose victory was won by the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and led to the fall of Wilmington. Their impact is significant, yet their story is virtually unknown.

About the Project

North Carolina artist Stephen Hayes has fashioned this life-size bronze sculpture from the cast features of 11 African American men connected to the site and its story -- USCT descendants, re-enactors, veterans, and community leaders. The sculpture is connected deeply to the community’s history, its present, and its future.

Stephen Hayes - Image Credit: PBSNC

About the Artist

Stephen Hayes is the winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. He teaches in the department of Art and Art History at Duke University. Hayes's work has been featured at the National Cathedral, Winston Salem State University, Duke University, CAM Raleigh, Rosa Parks Museum, African American Museum of Philadelphia, and Harvey B. Gantt Center, among others.

NC Artist Stephen Hayes

Click here to watch the Battle of Forks Road documentary:

Check out this article in the New York Times about the project:
"Where Civil War Soldiers Will March Again"

And this article from the Wilmington Star News:
"US Colored Troops Sculpture Unveiling at Cameron Art Museum Delayed"

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