Historical reenactments are a part of cultural tourism and, according to George, the North Carolina Colored Volunteers are important in attracting tourists to the New Bern area. Visitors "want to understand the area completely and be submerged in the local history and heritage, and that's what we provide."
While African Americans have long been taught they were onlookers of the Civil War, George says, the goal of the North Carolina Colored Volunteers is to counteract that thinking.
"We as a people are more than we have been taught we are," he says.
Macy L. Freeman is a student at Howard University in Washington.