Planners concluded that the whole state’s story is the most compelling one. A conceptual feasibility study validated this finding, demonstrating that the museum will attract wider attention and stronger support by reaching beyond Fayetteville and Cumberland County to tell the larger story.
The result is a $65 million project involving a phased, multi-year approach to both fundraising and the museum’s overall development.
The four-acre History Center site will include a 60,000-square-foot main museum built outside the U.S. Arsenal’s archaeological footprint, protecting the remnants of the asset seized by Confederate forces in 1861 and leveled by William T. Sherman’s engineers four years later.
The existing 1896 E.A. Poe House (described by one visitor as “a delightful step back in time”) and three Civil War-era structures are incorporated into the larger, interpretive plan. This project offers North Carolinians and others of inquisitive mind a repository, not merely of artifacts, but of information and a context for it.
Before he enlisted in the Civil War, Grey Little Brown was a farmer and teacher in Edgecombe County. After the war, he returned to farming and teaching.
He became a “certified teacher” in 1871 as the state began to set standards (see copy of certificate).
His interest in education established the first school in Edgecombe County. He also sent three of his daughters to college in Greensboro, N.C. (the State Normal and Industrial School, aka Woman’s College aka UNCG).
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BOARD OF ADVISORS
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.
Governor James G. Martin
James R. Leutze, Ph.D., Wilmington