In observation of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (July 2, 1964), Cameron Art Museum in collaboration with County-Wide Community Development Corporation of Navassa, NC, presents the exhibition School Pride: The Eastern NC Story/An Installation by Willie Cole from June 28 – November 2, 2014.
Cole states that the visual intent of this exhibition is to create “a multi-gallery installation that reflects the real or physical history of desegregation in North Carolina through the use of conceptual or emotional triggers and historical documents.” Cole will look deeply into historical and found objects – from students who attended these schools, from regional museums, and from area families. Together, the juxtaposition of these objects will demonstrate a powerful narrative of the struggle of a community for equality in education.
In their search for source material, museum staff and volunteers have spent hours digitizing photographs from alumni and teachers from these schools. Ultimately, the story that has emerged is one of pride: school pride, community pride, and pride in the battle well fought for educational equality.
Black and White Gala
50 Year Commemoration Exhibit Opening:
“School Pride: The Eastern NC Story/An Installation by Willie Cole”
June 28, 2014