Junior Johnson at N.C. Museum of History

North Carolina Museum of History

Junior Johnson at N.C. Museum of History

Raleigh, N.C. — Meet Junior Johnson, a NASCAR driver of the 1950s and 1960s, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. Hear from the state's legendary driver during the program First Fridays at the Museum: Moonshine. NASCAR. Junior Johnson. The free program will take place Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Find out why moonshine, NASCAR, and Johnson became inseparable after Esquire magazine published the article "The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!" in 1965. Johnson won 50 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series before he retired from driving in 1966 to become a NASCAR racing team owner.

During the Aug. 5 program, watch a documentary short (not rated) at 6 p.m. and the feature-length film "The Last American Hero" (PG-L, S), starring Jeff Bridges., at 7:30 p.m. The 1973 movie, made in North Carolina, focuses on Johnson, who left the moonshine business to become a professional stock car racer.

Be sure to taste a sample of Midnight Moon, the 'shine that's earned Junior's approval (while supplies last)! Samples from Raleigh's Clouds Brewing will also be available, and the Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening.

For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.

About the N.C. Museum of History

The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.


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  • Raleigh, NC 27601



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