Museum Offers Herbert Howard Talk

WILMINGTON, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum of History and Science will host a free talk about Wilmington native Herbert Howard on Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m. Museum Historian Jan Davidson will showcase the Museum’s Herbert Howard photographic collection.  These wonderful rarely-displayed images highlight many facets of African Americans’ life experiences during the age of legally sanctioned segregation.

Herbert Howard
Herbert Howard | Image courtesy of Cape Fear Museum

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Herbert Elijah Howard was born in Wilmington in 1907. He attended Williston School and went to work for the Post Office in the 1940s. Howard also operated a photography studio out of his own home and for decades took photographs of many rites of passage and events in the African-American community. In 1992, Howard’s sister, Henrietta Adams, donated more than 1,000 photographs to the Museum. Although a  sampling of those images are featured in the Reflections in Black and White exhibit, Sunday’s program will highlight the broader collection, allowing visitors to see many more images Howard captured.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the Reflections in Black and White exhibit, featuring  a selection of informal black and white photographs taken by black and white Wilmingtonians after World War II before the Civil Rights movement helped end legalized segregation.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is located at 814 Market Street. Hours of operation are Tuesday –Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:

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