From the Feb. 1, 2015, Lumina (Wrightsville Beach, NC) News "Fort Fisher features Freedom for All exhibit."
A photo of an 1861 Springfield rifle and a captured Confederate officer's sword belonging to USCT Private Luke Martin accompanies the article.
A traveling exhibit of informational panels along with these two artifacts will be on display at Fort Fisher until February 12th at the museum. The exhibit is to mark the observance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery in 1865.
"Freedom Coming: Freedom for All" is part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources' 150th observance of the end of the Civil War and recognition of Black History Month.
Private Luke Martin enlisted in the 1st North Carolina Colored Infantry in May 1863, as soon as a person of color could legally enlist in the Union Army. Martin's son, the late Luke P. Martin, Jr., loaned his father's rifle and captured sword to the exhibit.
The exhibit is traveling to state museums, historic sites, libraries and other cultural venues through August 10, 2015.