Yellow Fever in Wilmington lecture & Walking tour of Oakdale Cemetery

Saturday, October 4

Lecture at the Burgwin-Wright House at 1 p.m. followed with a walking tour at Oakdale Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. 

Join us at 1 p.m. at the Burgwin-Wright House, as historian Shannon Walker discusses the 1862 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Wilmington. Yellow Fever is a disease whose name was almost synonymous with certain death. Bought to the Americas from West Africa via the slave trade, this invisible terrorist ravaged American ports and elicited widespread panic. Join historian, Shannon Walker, as she discusses how in late summer of 1862, Wilmington fell victim to the dreaded fever, and the disease brought the city to a screeching halt. In the end “Yellow Jack” decimated the city’s population and possibly changed the course of the American Civil War.

Then join at 2:30 p.m., architectural historian, Janet Seapker, at Oakdale Cemetery as she explains the evolution of the Rural Cemetery, and the 1855 establishment of Oakdale Cemetery, North Carolina’s first Rural Cemetery.  Oakdale brings together the arts of horticulture, architecture, and sculpture with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration.  Ms. Seapker will focus on the meanings of Victorian funerary art as seen in monuments and cast iron fencing.  The one-mile walking tour will concentrate on the history, monuments, and the lives of those buried there.  The two-hour tour will conclude with a viewing of the yellow fever section in the Public Grounds. 

 Admission: $5 for the lecture; $15 for the lecture and tour 

 Seating is limited, so advance registration is recommended.

 

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