RALEIGH, N.C. – On Nov. 6, following the traditional Veterans Day parade and ceremony on Union Square, the State Capitol will host a lecture “Breaking the Silence and Healing the Soul,” presented by Sharon D. Raynor, director of the Honors Program at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. This free program will take place in the Capitol’s historic House Chamber at 1:30 p.m.
Based on "Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans," Raynor’s oral history project that highlights the war experiences of Vietnam veterans in different parts of North Carolina, this program explores the concepts of trauma, silence, healing and recovery. The project evolved from her father’s war experiences as seen and told in his photographs and diary kept during his tour of duty.
During the project, veterans shared their memories and stories of pride, sacrifice, disappointment, honor, death, healing and recovery, often told after years of silence on the subject. This program focuses on the community of veterans who once shared a strict code of unbreakable silence and who now have formed a brotherhood to heal their wounded souls. Raynor will share video clips of the public forums, excerpts from the oral history interviews, photographs and newspaper articles, and memorabilia from the war. Several of the veterans who participated in the project will be on hand to answer questions and share their stories.
This lecture is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury, Morgan and Wilmington streets. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994.
Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
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