Tarboro NC Museum Statement on Relocation

Source: Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum, Tarboro NC.
Source: Edgecombe County Veterans' Military Museum, Tarboro NC.

On March 20, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum (E.C.V.M.M.) issued this statement regarding the move from the museum’s Tarboro, North Carolina building.

Concerning E.C.V.M.M. and Moving Forward

Please let us address the conjecture and innuendos regarding the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum. Like many older buildings in this area we have had an occasional bat inside the building. We elected as good citizens to do the right and legal thing to have this colony relocated by professionals. The Edgecombe County Health Department has helped E.C.V.M.M. contact as many visitors as possible through print media and local government websites to ensure their safety. The bats have been relocated by professionals who ensured this process was completed in order to protect the species, our visitors, volunteers, staff and artifacts.

The board of directors elected to close the museum in order to protect everyone involved. The reopening of the museum will depend on professional certification at the proper time. Reports of the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum’s decline is greatly exaggerated. We are stronger than ever. We have taken the high ground of caring for a threatened species along with the welfare of our guests, volunteers, staff and artifacts. Again, let us assure all that we are working hard to re-open the museum and continue business as usual.

We do not have a time frame for when the museum will reopen as we are going to use this opportunity to do a complete renovation of our building and exhibits. We have decided that it is in E.C.V.M.M.’s best interest to use this opportunity to update our building, rejuvenate signage and create a new experience via our exhibits for our visitors prior to reopening. While this event was unexpected we are going to make the best of it. We will be temporarily relocating to 509 Trade Street in Tarboro, the Old Chamber of Commerce Building, while the museum is being renovated. We plan to open at this location on April 5th. We hope to see you then!

Please consider assisting us in our efforts to continue honoring the military history of Edgecombe County by making a monetary contribution to E.C.V.M.M or providing a helping hand with the large task we are taking on. All monetary contributions are tax deductible and will be applied towards the renovation process. Please contact us for more information regarding the renovation, volunteering and the future of E.C.V.M.M.

We thank you sincerely for your continued support.

To contact the Edgecombe County Veterans’ Military Museum staff, or to volunteer for this week’s move, call 252.823.0891 or email.

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