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NC holds conference on slavery and the Civil War

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is holding a conference in Winston-Salem to discuss slavery during the Civil War.

The conference runs Thursday and Friday and will include topics such as the political views of slaves, the role of women in the war, the position churches took on freeing the slaves and prisoner of war exchanges during the fighting.

The conference will also include the delivery of an original poem by civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

The Department of Cultural Resources held a similar conference in 2011 on the memories of the war and will hold a 2015 conference on sacrifice.

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