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Exhibit Opening: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans

Saturday, November 9, 2019
2:00 PM

A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans

This collection of images, assembled by photographer Martin Tucker, was taken by North Carolina soldiers in Vietnam. The exhibition also includes a Missing Man Table, to remind visitors of those that did not return home. 

According to Tucker, “the Vietnam War took place literally half a world away from the United States; life for the soldiers was an unknown to most Americans in the 1960s and 1970s. Many only knew the war from images on TV—some of which were quite graphic. But what did the war look like to the troops on the ground? Some recorded the horrors of war; others focused less on the war and more on the experience—their friendships, the Vietnamese people, the countryside, the longing for home. This collection of intriguing images explores the human elements and experiences of Vietnam, with commentary by the veterans on what each image means to them. This exhibit offers visitors the chance to see how the troops themselves chose to remember their time in Southeast Asia.”

Accompanying the traveling exhibit will be Vietnam era artifacts on display in the Museum of the Albemarle’s main gallery, Our Story

Join the Museum of the Albemarle on Saturday, November 9, 2019 for two educational opportunities:

Dennis Ambruso will provide visitors the chance to view his historically restored PBR 721 on November 9th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Waterfront Park, weather permitting. The Navy deployed a variety of small boats to South Vietnam with the most iconic of them all the Patrol Boat River or PBR. The PBR could achieve speeds of over 27 knots and operated in the shallowest of waters, would turn on a dime, and skid over sand bars. The PBR was armed with a twin .50-caliber machine gun in an armored turret forward and a .30-caliber gun. The crew usually consisted of four men.

At 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Museum visitors can enjoy a lecture and book signing provided by Martin Tucker, photographer and Vietnam-era vet. Mr. Tucker will discuss his book Vietnam Photographs from North Carolina Veterans: The Memories They Brought Home. When American soldiers returned home from Vietnam, most put their memories away. Decades later, North Carolina veterans contributed thousands of dusty and faded personal photographs to what started as a class project at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem. It evolved into a national traveling exhibition and then a permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of History called A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans. For many of these men and women, this was their first opportunity to show what they couldn't say. Photographer and Vietnam-era vet Martin Tucker presents selected glimpses of those unforgettable experiences.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans will exhibit from November 9, 2019 until April 30, 2020 at the Museum of the Albemarle.  

Museum of the Albemarle
501 South Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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Contact Information
(252) 335-1453

Admission: Free Admission

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