New Exhibit at Cameron Art Museum Pays Tribute to American Troops of Color

The sculpture honoring the United States Colored Troops and exhibit will be unveiled Saturday at 11 a.m.
Voices from the past from the future (Photo: WWAY

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cameron Art Museum is unveiling a sculpture and comprehensive exhibit of powerful works depicting African Americans in Cape Fear.

The exhibit’s creator, Professor Stephen Hayes of Duke University, has been working on it for more than a decade.

Hayes is a designer who works with a variety of mediums—sculpture, casting, knitting, woodblock prints, video, and audio—to explore issues of race and economy in the United States.

Voices of Future’s Past explores the legacy of black growth in America.

Hayes says he hopes his work sparks new conversations and wants you to find your own perspective on his work when you see it.

“You walk in. You hit the corner and you see the different jobs and you have your own meaning,” Hayes said. “I just really want to hear the conversations and open the door because you know try to change the way you know the world sees me or someone who looks like me, because you know we have these different stereotypes about how someone who looks like me and what we know, so I’m just trying to change that narrative that you know and create that positive light.

The sculpture honoring the United States Colored Troops and exhibit will be unveiled Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission is free for everyone this weekend and the museum is expecting hundreds of people. A free shuttle will pick up people in the Barclay Center complex.

Mildred D. Field