“City of Death: Wilmington’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862” at the Bellamy Mansion Museum

On Thursday, January 30, the Bellamy Mansion Museum will host Dr. Kimberly Sherman as she speaks about the 1862 Yellow Fever epidemic in Wilmington.

In 1862, a Yellow Fever epidemic ravaged the city of Wilmington and claimed nearly seven percent of its population. Already engulfed in wartime, Wilmington society found itself shattered by sickness and death. Dr. Sherman’s lecture will focus on the social impact of the Yellow Fever epidemic, including mourning and burial practices in the nineteenth century.

Kimberly B. Sherman is a historian, writer, and educator. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of St. Andrews and is currently a lecturer in history at Cape Fear Community College. Her forthcoming book examines the family networks of Scots in early North Carolina and the Atlantic world.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and will close when the lecture begins at 6:30 pm. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. There is a $5 suggested donation.

For more information contact Carolyn Gonzalez at 910-251-3700 x306 or cgonzalez@bellamymansion.org.

The Bellamy Museum, located at 503 Market Street in Wilmington, is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting the social and architectural history of the Bellamy Mansion and promoting a greater understanding of historic preservation, architectural history and restoration methods in North Carolina.

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