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Preyer Lecture Series: History for Our Time

Examining the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot.  Join us for a presentation by LeRae Umfleet of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  

Umfleet currently works with the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to develop outreach and specialty programming projects on behalf of the Secretary’s office.  Throughout her career in public history, LeRae has worked with the Research Branch in the Office of Archives and History, North Carolina State Archives, the North Carolina Collection in Chapel Hill, the Joel Lane Museum House in Raleigh, Davis Library in Chapel Hill, and Historic Hope Plantation in Windsor.  LeRae has served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Museums Council, The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, the North Carolina Preservation Consortium, the Historic Stagville Foundation, the Raleigh Heritage Trail, the Bertie County Arts Council, and as the Historiographer for the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern North Carolina.

Originally from Bath, North Carolina, LeRae graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History.  She then attended the Archival Management Program at NC State and transferred to East Carolina University where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in 1998.  Reflecting her personal interest in plantation slavery, her Master’s thesis was entitled “Slavery in Microcosm: Bertie County, North Carolina 1790-1810.”  LeRae also published A Day of Blood: the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot, based on research for which she was awarded the American Association of State and Local History Award of Merit and their prestigious WOW Award.

Monday, November 9 at 7:15pm to 8:15pm

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