Journey Stories Opens in Lumberton

Journey Stories Opens in Lumberton

Journey Stories, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and rural communities statewide, pulled into its last stop on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Robeson County History Museum. Prior to the Sunday afternoon public opening, Lumberton dignitaries filed into the museum on Saturday evening for a special VIP reception. Many returned with friends for the official public opening on Sunday afternoon. The exhibition will run for six weeks until April 6.

“We've come a long way in Lumberton," said Lumberton mayor Raymond B. Pennington prior to cutting the ribbon. “We've gone from doing a ribbon-cutting at Chic-fil-a, to one for a Smithsonian exhibit.”

The exhibition begins right at the front door. Visitors come through the Journey Stories arch and red arrows guide them through rooms that feature each kiosk of the Smithsonian exhibition, coupled with additional local exhibits Robeson County on the Move and Journeying Robeson County in Postcards. Robeson County on the Move features Robeson natives William McArthur, a NASA astronaut who was part of three space shuttle missions; Tom Oxendine, the first American Indian naval aviator during World War II; Ida Van Smith, an African American female aviation pioneer, who learned to fly at age 50 and proceeded to open a flying club to encourage flight training and involvement in aviation and aerospace sciences for minority children; and Malcolm McLean, the father of containerized shipping. There is also vintage film of Governor Angus McClain greeting Wilbur Wright.

In addition to the historical components, the museum presents Melvin Moore’s “Journey to Discovering an Identity,” a multimedia painting incorporating elements of the Emancipation Proclaimation, feet and legs in motion and actual cotton stems and rope. According to the panel accompanying the painting, Moore was inspired by his own childhood journey to learn where he came from. In conversations during the exhibition opening, he expressed a desire to empower today’s youth through teaching them how to create their own art and to tell more historical stories through his own art.

The museum will host a program every Thursday throughout the exhibition tour. Programs are listed below. For more information, go to the museum’s website.

  • Thursday, February 28, Program: River, Rails and Roads – Traveling Around Robeson County, Osterneck Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 7, Film: Lasting Impressions – Story of the Jewish People of Robeson County Carolina Civic Center, 7p.m.
  • Thursday, March 14, Program: Moving Past NO – Robeson County People on the Move, Osterneck Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 21, Program: From Fields to Glory – Laurinburg-Maxton Airbase, Osterneck Auditorium 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 28, Program: The Personal Journey – A look at some Robeson Journeys, Osterneck Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 4, Film: The Gospel Truth, Carolina Civic Center, 7 p.m.