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Lumberton, NC – February 21, 2012 – The Robeson County History Museum will look at two African American pioneers with Robeson County ties at its next lecture series Monday, February 27th at 7:00 pm at museum located at 101 S. Elm Street, Lumberton.
The program “Overcoming – A Struggle to Make a Difference” will be presented by Museum Director K. Blake Tyner.
Imagine seeing your first airplane in the 1920s and wanting nothing more than to climb in and learn to fly. It took almost fifty years but not only did she learn to fly but she started flight schools. Imagine moving from Raleigh to Maxton in the 1870s to teach and not knowing anyone in your new town. Not only did he teach but he went forward to build schools. Now imagine being an African American and doing these things.
Ida Van Smith was born in 1917 in Lumberton and this is where her interest in aviation began as a young child. She took an interest in barnstorming and wing-walking exhibitions in Lumberton. It would be almost fifty years later before she became a licensed pilot. She found the Ida Van Smith Flight Clubs in 1967, introducing children aged three through nineteen to the careers that aviation and space had to offer.
Charles Hunter born a slave in Wake County went on to become an educator and editor. Hunter was prominent in the effort to provide better educational facilities for black students in North Carolina and was instrumental in having several schools for black students constructed in the state. Hunter’s first teaching job was in Maxton and his time there is documented in his publication “Review of Negro Life in North Carolina with My Recollections”.
The series will be held the last Monday of each month and will promote aspects of Robeson County’s history. For more information call 910-827-5504 or email@example.com.
Museum to Remember Sherman’s March through Robeson County
Lumberton, NC – February 22, 2012 — The Robeson County History Museum and the Rifle Guards Camp No. 216 of SCV will host “Sherman’s Raid on Lumberton” March 3, 2012 in commemoration of 145th anniversary of Sherman’s march through Robeson County.
In March 1865 Sherman’s troops entered Robeson County after leaving a trail of destruction through Georgia and South Carolina. While the troops stay in the county last only a few days their memories of the devastation has continued to pass generation to generation.
In Lumberton they burned the Railroad Bridge, depot and damaged a mile of tracks. They robbed Rev. Washington Sanford Chaffin of his beloved horse, Kate, and his wife’s watch.
On March 3rd at 11am the Civil War camp will be opened on the grounds of the museum at 101 S. Elm Street. This time will allow visitors an opportunity to talk with reenactors about camp life, their weapons and the war.
Troops representing the Confederate and Union troops will begin the Reenactment of Sherman’s Raid on Lumberton at 2:30pm. Spectators can line 1st Street that runs beside the museum to watch.
After the reenactment Blake Tyner, Museum Director, will present a historical talk entitled “Sherman in Robeson County” in the main gallery of the museum.
“We are so pleased that the SCV is able to bring this event to life for all the history buffs. It gives us chance to see what the last days of the Civil War were like in the county,” said museum president Jan Tedder Rogers.
“While the reenactment will focus on events that happened in Lumberton my presentation will cover events from all around the county. Sherman’s men raid Floral College, near current Maxton, and the surrounding homes. They camped at the Lumber Bridge Presbyterian Church, tearing off boards to use for firewood and using the remaining wood from the church to construct temporary bridges through the swamp. They caused general havoc with the citizens they encountered,” said museum curator Blake Tyner.
For more information visit our website at www.robesoncountyhistory.org.
The museum is housed in the reconstructed historic Southern
Express Building along the banks of the
The museum highlights interesting events in
The museum’s exhibits includes “It Came in the Mail”, which highlights the rich and diverse history of Robeson
County through vintage postcards and letters; “War Bride’s Bedroom” this room is setup to represent a World War
II era bedroom featuring a period mahogany bedroom suit, playpen, and
accessories. This room also serves as an example of a typical tourist
“Every Day Life in Robeson” features historic photographs, farm equipment, and an old
time kitchen; “
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