Museum staff are excited to feature this interesting story – a true tale that involves a snake, the Vietnam War, and Fort Bragg.
In 1963, a U.S. Special Forces soldier in Vietnam rescued a Burmese python from being eaten by Cambodian mercenaries. Master Sergeant Dewey Simpson and his men transported the snake back to their camp, and eventually back to North Carolina. After a short stay at Fort Bragg, “George” was taken to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, where she (that’s right, George was eventually found to be a female) was the star attraction for 25 years. Many North Carolinians remember a school field trip to the museum and an up-close view of George.
This traveling exhibit from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) was inspired by a recent graphic novel, “An Unlikely Refugee: the story of a python named George.” Written by Morrow Dowdle and her illustrator husband, Max Dowdle, both of whom live in the Triangle. The exhibit features art from the graphic novel as well as informational panels about George and Burmese pythons.
Both 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. George’s rescuer, MSgt. Dewey Simpson, along with his wife Carolyn may also be attending the reception if their schedules permit.