“A Soldier’s Walk Home” continues its commemorative journey from New Bern to Durham.
Phillip Brown began the symbolic Civil War walk on Monday and on Thursday, he left Kinston and is on his way to Seven Springs.
Brown says the walk is to bring attention to the sacrifice of our soldiers.
“New Bern was the point at which Washington Duke began his journey home,” Civil War walker Philip Brown told WNCT. “We believe he caught a boat in Richmond down the coast to New Bern and walked across.”
During his stop in Kinston, Brown stopped at Parrot Academy, where he spoke to students with a group of veterans, before heading to the memorial site of the Kinston battlefield.
Brown’s walk will end at Duke Homestead in Durham, where the 150th anniversary of this journey will be celebrated at Bull Fest on Saturday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the festival, participants will be able to welcome Brown back to Durham as he completes his re-creation of Duke’s walk home.
The event is free and open to the public, and, in addition to Duke’s journey, it will be a celebration of Durham’s history.
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