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An Unlikely Refugee: The Story of a Python Named George

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  • Dates: July 7, 2018 - December 2, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
  • Address: 801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28304
  • Time: Museum Hours in Description
  • Price: Free
  • (910) 500-4243
  • Overview

    From 1964 until 1989, many North Carolinians will remember a snake, named George, that lived at the Museum of Natural Sciences and was seen by thousands of visitors. The python was given to the museum by Master Sergeant Dewey Simpson upon his return from leading a Special Forces unit in the Vietnam War in Saigon, George’s native land. George's presence helped educate visitors about his species, homeland, and the realities of war. In 2016, Morrow and Max Dowdle published a graphic novel about George. In this exhibit, you will see the original artwork by the Dowdles, accompanied by exhibit panels.

    Opening Reception: Morrow and Max Dowdle, as well as NCMNS’ Exhibit Design Curator Jamie McCargo and Dana Gilooly, Head of NC Science Museums Grant Program, will be at the Museum of the Cape Fear for a special reception at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.

    Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.