USCT Sculpture Park opening graphic

Celebrate with us as we open the only sculpture park in the nation created to honor the United States Colored Troops and their fight for freedom.

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Call For Descendants

February 1865, 1,800+ United States Colored Troops fought for 2 straight days on the grounds of what is now Cameron Art Museum. In November 2021, CAM erected a bronze sculpture by North Carolina artist Stephen Hayes of eleven USCT soldiers to honor the brave men who charged into fire for the preservation of this nation but more importantly, the freedom of themselves and all their loved ones still in bondage.

It took a combined community effort to excavate the land, comb through old military documents, and raise money to commission the artist and install the permanent installation of Boundless on our grounds.

As we take a deeper look into the individual lives that marched, fought, and died, we know only so much information can be found online. The stories of these brave men were passed down as oral histories that lives in the hearts and minds of the descendants walking the globe today. Cameron Art Museum now issues a call for descendants of the 1st, 5th, 10th, 27th, and 37th United States Colored Troops regiments for oral history collection and for a homecoming celebration for descendants in November 2023 to honor the legacy of these brave men and their families.
Please contact Daniel Jones, Cultural Curator, at for more information.

Click here to view a PDF documenting the names of the soldiers of the United States Colored Troops


A Public Sculpture by NC Artist Stephen Hayes
Commemorating the United States Colored Troops and Their Fight for Freedom

Presented by

PNC Bank


Learn More About Boundless and the United States Colored Troops

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USCT Lesson Plans


The Work Continues!

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Boundless and the USCT Sculpture Park are made possible
in part by generous donations from the community.

USCT Sculpture Park concept art


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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.

Plaster Casting

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

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.

Thank you to the Boundless Committee for their hard work in making this project possible.

Carol Miller

Barbara Akinwole

Fred & Simone Allen

Ava Baker

Alma Brooks

Sheila Cannon-Santos

Renée Sander-Lawson

Primus Robinson

Thank you to our sponsors:

HTR Foundation

Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County

AARP North Carolina

Karen A. Bencke

Brunswick Civil War Round Table

City of Wilmington

Corning Incorporated

Joseph and Whitney Finley

Drs. William and Carol Malloy and Ms. Maxine Terry

Michael McCarley and Nancy Langevin

James and Kimberly Moore

Monteith Construction Corp.


New Hanover County

Col. (Ret.) Eric Terashima

Mike and Ellie Ryan

Jeanne Rotunda and Michael Weinberg