A War on Two Fronts Exhibition at Horry County Museum


War on Two Fronts


The Athenaeum Press of Coastal Carolina University presents its first museum exhibit, A War on Two Fronts: Fighting for Victory at Home and Abroad. This multimedia exhibition focuses on the overlooked, underappreciated and uncelebrated black veterans of World War II. By situating these oral histories into the larger context of patriotism, segregation, and civil rights, the audience is able to learn more about the journey these men and women took from their efforts to join the war, their experiences during basic training, their acts of valor overseas, and their lives post-war.


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This project is the latest collaborative effort from The Athenaeum Press of Coastal Carolina University, a university publishing lab now in its third year. The exhibit is based on oral histories and archives collected by CCU history professor Maggi Morehouse, who has conducted extensive research on Southern history and culture. Students from design, history, English, photography, communication and digital media developed and produced the project in collaboration with CCU faculty members. The result brings these 70-year-old histories to a new audience and sheds light on the legacy of these men who fought for their country while being unrecognized by the very men they were fighting alongside.


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During this first major event of the yearlong multimedia project, audience members have an opportunity to meet with Michael Moore, veteran and son of WWII soldier Spencer Moore. Additionally, CCU students who researched, designed, edited and installed the exhibit talk about their experiences while working on this innovative production.

A celebration for the launch of the exhibit takes place on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Horry County Museum. This is an open invitation to the community; however, reservations for the reception following the presentation are required. To make reservations, email [email protected] or call (843) 349-5099 by Friday, May 15, 2015. The exhibit remains on display at the Horry County Museum through August 2015.