We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room, Wilson Library
On view Oct. 8, 2009 through Feb. 5, 2010
Free and open to the public
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays; 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays
Exhibit information: (919) 962-1345
Celebratory program: Oct. 20 in Wilson Library. Exhibit viewing at 5 p.m. | Program at 5:45 p.m. Free and open to the public.
More than 100 documents, photographs, letters, diaries and other items reflecting the African American Southern experience will be on view Oct. 8 – Feb. 5 in the Wilson Special Collections Library.
The exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present, draws from the 24 million items in the Library’s Southern Historical Collection. Among the pieces on view will be:
- A set of 19th-century shackles, reportedly used for slaves;
- A 1961 photograph of Coretta Scott King at an Ebenezer Baptist Church fashion show; and
- An original brochure from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the occasion of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The exhibit is part of an initiative from the Southern Historical Collection called Documenting the African American Southern Experience. A series of lectures, readings, and tours throughout the fall semester will examine the theme.
The initiative also includes an updated Web guide to 900 archival collections in Wilson Library that provide insight into the lives and experiences of African Americans. The guide will debut as part of a celebratory program Oct. 20 in Wilson Library at 5:45 p.m.
Smaller displays related to “We Shall Not Be Moved” will be on view in Davis Library (Oct. 8 – Nov. 20) and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History Library (Oct. 8 – Feb. 28).
For information about the exhibits, the Web guide, or the Documenting the African American Southern Experience Initiative, contact Holly Smith, Overholser Archival Fellow for African-American Studies, or Biff Hollingsworth, collecting and public programming archivist. Both are in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, (919) 962-1345.
- Fall 2009 events in conjunction with the exhibit
- African-American experience to be exhibit, Web guide topic (release from UNC News Services)
- Brochure about the Documenting the African American Southern Experience Initiative (pdf)
- Southern Historical Collection