Sacred Spaces Art Reception

  • The Center for the Study of the American South 410 E Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC, 27514 United States

Sacred Spaces Art Reception 

Thursday, February 5 at 5:30 pm: The Center for the Study of the American South will unveil the Spring 2015 art exhibit, Sacred Spaces: A Look Inside the Home of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer. These photographs by John M. Hall reveal the beautiful and unique home and garden of Anne Spencer in Lynchburg, Virginia. The house, which is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark, served as a salon and southern outpost of the Harlem Renaissance, as the Spencers hosted literary luminaries such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, and many others. Spencer also served as the first librarian at the all-black Dunbar High School from 1923-1945. During this period, she helped establish the Lynchburg chapter of the NAACP, led a campaign to hire black teachers, and served on committees to improve the legal, social, and economic aspects of African Americans’ lives. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. www.south.unc.edu