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Month: February 2024

WWI Plaque Donated

This worn World War I metal plaque was recently donated to the museum by the Benton family of Wayne County. The plaque measures 7.5 X 9.5 inches and is dated 1918. It was discovered in an open field on the Benton family farm in northern Wayne County. A mystery, the Benton family does not know how it ended up on their farm or to what soldier it belonged. The 106 year-old plaque is in amazingly good condition. Apparently these plaques were awarded to American soldiers who served in Europe during World War I.


A TRIBUTE TO ONE WHO SERVED 1917-1918 MARSHAL FOCH’S VICTORY MESSAGE TO ALLIED SOLDIERS” the text goes on to say: ” Officers, noncommissioned officers, and soldiers of the allied armies: After having resolutely stopped the enemy you have for months fought him with faith and indefatigable energy, without respite. You have won the greatest war in history and saved the most sacred cause – the liberty of the world. Be proud. You have adorned your flags with immortal glory. Posterity preserves for you its recognition.”

There is a space at the bottom of the plaque where the soldier’s name would have been engraved. Sadly, this soldier’s identity remains a mystery.

Black Panther Viewing

Director Jennifer Kuykendall and Assistant Director Jeff Westbrook with “Black Panther”

Thanks to everyone that came out to watch the iconic film Black Panther at the Museum this afternoon. We had a very special superhero guest drop by for photo ops and a meet and greet with kids. Thank you Black Panther!

We also want to thank all of our generous film and ticket sponsors : Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni & Friends, Inc. (OFFICIAL), BPOE #139 Goldsboro Elks Lodge, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices McMillen & Associates Realty that made the event and free tickets possible.

Thanks to NC Party Pals for providing our Black Panther character.