The Wayne County Museum is honored to host a traveling historical exhibit by artist Shayne Davidson, entitled “17 Men.” The exhibit will be on display until October, and contains 17 portraits of men who served in the 25th United States Colored Troops. The exhibit ties in with both our current photography exhibit, and the latest Civil War Trails, Inc. marker downtown, honoring the 135th USCT. The portraits are colored drawings of the soldiers of the 25th USCT. The artist has painstakingly hand-drawn and researched each soldier from the company, and their bios hang below each portrait. Approximately 180,000 African Americans were part of Union forces during the Civil War, with most serving in the United States Colored Troops.
The museum staff is addicted to this Southern favorite that originated in 1917. It’s unique cherry flavor was created as a way to conserve rationed sugar during WWI. It pairs perfectly with BBQ, so we will be serving it at our upcoming Scott’s BBQ Sauce Tasting on Saturday, August 5th. Come sample two NC legends at the same time!
This wonderful WWI photo was recently donated to the museum by Scott Berkeley’s family. The photo is of Scott B Berkeley, Mayor of Goldsboro from 1938 until his death in 1964. Due to Mayor Berkeley’s efforts , the SJAFB that was deactivated post-war, was reopened in 1953. This lovely antique photo will now be on view in our “Behind the Lens” photography exhibit.
Goldsboro had a minor league baseball team in the early 1900s.The Goldsboro Goldbugs were a community farm team based in Goldsboro in the 1910s and 1920s. Founded by the owner of the A.T. Griffin Manufacturing Company, the team was also called the Manufacturers. The Goldsboro Goldbugs were both an Eastern Carolina League (1929) and Coastal Plain League (1937–1941, 1946–1949) team. This baseball from 1948 was signed by the team manager Bill Herring, and player Jack Hussey. Hussey was the team’s first baseman and was considered the local “Babe Ruth” of Goldsboro. *Donated by Mr. Dillon Wooten