Musician and Historian Mary D. Williams
NC Storyteller Carolyn Evans
Spoken Word Poet Johnny Lee Chapman III
NC Artist Stephen Hayes
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
Public parking with trolley service to CAM will be available across the street at NHRMC. The trolley begins to run at 9:30am
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.
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 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.