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Appalachian Evenings: A Lecture Series at the Ramsey Center

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Making the “Invisible” Visible

Murphy church leader and community activist Frank Sudderth led a singing group, the Gospel Echoes circa 1940s. From left: Charles “Chate” Sudderth, William “Boodle” Sudderth, Frank Sudderth, and Bobby Jones. Image courtesy of Mildred Jones. On loan from the Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University.Join curator Ann Miller Woodford as she discusses her exhibition, When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African-American People in Far Western North Carolina (exhibited at the Ramsey Center January 15 through March 9, 2018). Using Black church music as the narrator, this project focuses on the musical traditions in African American communities in far WNC, as manifested in churches, schools, and workplaces. The Black community is miniscule (1.6%) in the region. That causes them to seem invisible in a place where Scots/Irish and Cherokee history is emphasized. Most of the far WNC African American history has passed away with the deaths of elders and their oral traditions. This project will answer the question, “Do any African Americans live here?” and if so, who and where are they?

Admission to Appalachian Evenings is free and open to all.


February 22
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies
147 Bailey St
Mars Hill,NC28754United States
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