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Where Is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race, and Rural Life in North Carolina

Tobe Poster 22x28 v2 PRESS_flat_smallWhere Is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race, and Rural Life in North Carolina
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Wilson Special Collections Library
Oct. 21, 2014 – March 1, 2015
Free and open to the public
(919) 962-3765 or wilsonlibrary@unc.edu

When the UNC Press published Tobe in 1939, the book broke ground as one of the first realistic portrayals of African American individuals and communities in children’s literature.

To mark the book’s 75th anniversary, the exhibition Where Is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race, and Rural Life in North Carolina will be on view in Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection Gallery through March 1, 2015.

On view are reproductions of photographs used in the book, alternate images that were not published, and audio excerpts from interviews. The exhibition also features original editions of Tobe; modern editions available for reading; other children’s books with African American characters; and documents related to Tobe’s publication.

Benjamin Filene, director of public history at UNC Greensboro, worked with Gallery staff to curate the exhibition.

Filene has spent the last six years researching Tobe and speaking with individuals featured in the book, descendants of the photographer, former students of the author, and others who grew up in the communities featured in the book’s story and photographs.

The exhibition explores how one book opens up to reveal stories within stories — of rural African American life, of the history of children’s literature, of the 1930s documentary impulse, and of real families. The search for Tobe opens windows onto the past and raises questions about the power — and limits — of telling stories.

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– See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2014/10/voices-from-tobe-to-recall-groundbreaking-childrens-book-oct-21/#sthash.MpxBJpkp.dpuf

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– See more at: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2014/10/voices-from-tobe-to-recall-groundbreaking-childrens-book-oct-21/#sthash.MpxBJpkp.dpuf

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