UNCP presents Civil War Songs and Stories Commemorating Emancipation


UNC Pembroke’s “Perspectives on the Civil War Era” series continues on Tuesday, February 10, with Civil War Songs and Stories: Commemorating Emancipation. 

The concert, a joint production of the Departments of Music and History, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Annex on campus. It is free and open to the public. 

The program will feature the University Chorale, conducted by Dr. José Rivera, as well as musical performances and readings by students and faculty in the Departments of Music, History and English, Theatre and Foreign Languages. Student artwork and research posters will be on display prior to the program and during intermission, and a slideshow of period photographs will accompany the presentation. 

The concert is sponsored in part by grants from the Blumenthal Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Humanities Council. 

Dr. Jaime MartinezAccording to Dr. Jaime Martinez, who directs the Civil War series, the concert “will share a broad array of musical styles and first-person accounts of the war, including rallying songs and slave spirituals, modern arrangements of historic texts and letters between soldiers and their loved ones. 

“We presented a version of this program in 2013, and the audience really enjoyed it,” Dr. Martinez continued. “This new concert keeps some of the audience’s favorite elements of that older program, including the opening debate among history professors portraying the 1860 presidential candidates, but expands the musical repertoire and focuses our attention more closely on the abolition of slavery. 

“We timed the program to coincide as closely as possible with the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment,” she said. “That amendment, which officially ended slavery in the United States, was approved by the House of Representatives on January 31, 1865.” 

Please join us on February 10 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Martinez in the Department of History, at (910) 775-4031 or jaime.martinez@uncp.edu.