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R I V E R W A L K M A R K E R S Wilmington is called the Port City for a reason, and like most river cities, much of its history can be told by the water. The city has placed 11 historical markers along its recently expanded Riverwalk. These histories, a bit longer at around 200 words and accompanied by pictures, read like chapters of a short book that can be read during an hour-long stroll. “African-American Watermen,” located near the foot of Orange Street, describes the key role blacks played in the naval industry that was so important to the devel-opment of Wilmington. This marker is accompanied by an informational kiosk titled “Orange Street Landing on Cape Fear,” which is part of the National Parks Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Visitors strolling along the Riverwalk can stop and read about Wilmington’s history as a river city. Informational kiosk titled “Orange Street Landing on Cape Fear,” below. Riverwalk marker about Wilmington’s naval stores, right. 40 WBM june 2016


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