USCT Public Sculpture - Boundless


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

Presented by:

Unveils November 13, 11:00 am

Boundless Community Celebration
November 13 & 14

Join us in commemorating and celebrating the United States Colored Troops

Music, Storytelling, Family Activities, Food Trucks and the Opening of Stephen Hayes’s New Exhibition Voices of Future’s Past.

Free Museum Admission All Weekend


Musician and Historian Mary D. Williams

Musician and Historian Mary D. Williams

NC Storyteller Carolyn Evans

NC Storyteller Carolyn Evans

Spoken Word Poet Johnny Lee Chapman III

Spoken Word Poet Johnny Lee Chapman III

NC Artist Stephen Hayes

NC Artist Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes - Voices Of Futures Past exhibition opening

Saturday, November 13, 2021

11 AM Unveiling of Boundless, a new sculpture by Stephen Hayes commemorating the USCT, Music by Mary D. Williams

12-5 PM Living History Demonstrations and Encampments, Storytelling, and Family Activities on CAM Grounds

12-3 PM Catch and Soulful Twist Food Trucks

12:30 PM Children’s Storytelling by NC Association of Black Storytellers

12:30 PM Poet Beverly Fields Burnette and Storyteller Carolyn Evans perform outside by the sculpture

1:30 PM Spoken Word Poet Johnny Lee Chapman performs outside by the sculpture

3 PM USCT Public Program Series: A Conversation with Stephen Hayes, Clark Morgan, and Marvin Nicholson (CAM Members: $16; Non-Members: $20; Students: $12)

Sunday, November 14, 2021

10 AM–2 PM Living History on the Grounds

2 PM Performance by DREAMS Dancers in the Reception Hall

Plan your arrival to CAM for November 13.

Shuttle Service

FREE shuttles will run continuously from Barclay Center complex (which includes NHRMC Business Center) at the intersection of Independence Boulevard and South 17th Street. The shuttle goes directly to CAM in about 2 minutes. Two shuttle buses will run from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday.

Visitor Parking

Guests attending the event are advised to use remote parking at Barclay Center and ride the free shuttles. (There is extremely limited parking along Museum Drive.) The main parking lot at Barclay can be accessed from both Independence and from South 17th Street. Look for the blue feather “PARKING” flags! For walkers, it is a short .2 mile walk (about 5 minutes) on the Cross City Trail from the parking lot to CAM.

Volunteer Parking and Overflow Visitor Parking is at Barclay Center’s employee lot located closest to the stoplight.

Parking between the two buildings at Barclay Center is reserved for Davita Dialysis patients and staff.

Handicapped Parking and Passenger Drop-Off

Some handicapped parking is available in the main visitor lot at CAM. There will also be a passenger drop-off and pick zone along Museum Drive in front of CAM, best approach is from Independence.

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"

Community support helps to make Boundless possible