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Coffee with a Curator: The Stanly-Spaight Duel and Honor Culture in the Antebellum South

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10–10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Presenter: Diana Bell-Kite, Curator of Cultural History

On September 5, 1802, shots rang out in New Bern. After four volleys of fire, one prominent citizen lay mortally wounded while another held the pistol that had fired the deadly shot. What led John Stanly and Richard Dobbs Spaight—two well-known North Carolina politicians—to engage in an intense public quarrel and escalate to this deadly contest? Find out, and learn what their story can tell us about the pervasive culture that led elite White men to settle seemingly minor disputes through ritualized murder. 

This is an online event. An email containing a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants an hour before the program. Register here!

Grab your preferred morning beverage, and join Bell-Kite for the museum’s inaugural Coffee with a Curator program. The 20-minute program will be followed by time for a Q&A session.